As a Christian counselor, I guide hurting, broken people toward peace, healing, and comfort. With grace and understanding, I will listen to your concerns and journey with you toward achieving the restoration you desire. Through honest reflection, we will seek to identify what weighs you down and craft actionable steps to lift the burdens from your shoulders. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, relationship issues, grief, or some other hardship, I will commit to walking with you through the fire. You belong to our Savior, who has called you by name. He has promised that you will not be consumed (Isaiah 43:1-2).
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My goal is for you to feel heard, understood, and cared for. I will come alongside you and empathize with you, hurt with you, and give you space to mourn. I will also empower you to have hope, tenacity, and courage in the face of difficulty. As a Christian, I believe that every person has intrinsic value and that every life is abundant with purpose and hope. My desire is to help you discover what Christ called “life to the full”— a rich, satisfying life even amidst adversity and pain.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
During our sessions, I will begin by listening to and exploring your unique story, seeking to relate to your experiences from a perspective of humility and understanding rather than condemnation. Within an atmosphere of authenticity and grace, I will offer insights to help you make choices that will enable you to emerge from your problems victorious. Change can be difficult, but I believe that every single person was made for victory – including you.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
Christ is essential for true healing of the soul. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, my work would be superficial and without lasting effect. I truly believe that change must occur from the inside and work outward. In other words, our spirits must be touched by the Spirit of God in order to see change in our external lives. God’s radical healing is available to all—we just need to identify and remove the obstacles in our way. Together we will walk the path toward healing so that you can enjoy the freedom that is yours in Christ.
Qualifications & Experience
I obtained my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. During that time, I worked at the Couple and Family Therapy Center in Parkland, where I provided relational therapy to individuals and couples facing a variety of challenges such as anger management and infidelity. I also worked at Nexus Youth and Families in Auburn, where I provided mental health counseling to at-risk children, adolescents, and families in a non-profit agency setting. I also have a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts from University of New Mexico.
My Call to Christian Counseling
Originally, I was pursuing a career as a diplomat with the State Department. After completing my degree, I found that all the doors into the field seemed to be closed, and I questioned whether it was my true calling. I sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and He revealed to me that the best diplomats are counselors at heart, and that peacemaking and mediation can be practiced on a smaller scale.
It dawned on me that I was called to help those who are hurting to find or return to “the peace that passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7), to strengthen or rekindle the bond of those that “God has joined together” (Matthew 19:6), and to point those who are lost and confused to the One who can “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13).
More About Me/On a Personal Note
I am married to a stunning woman with a beautiful soul. One of the things my wife and I share is a love of travel and adventure. I’ve had the privilege of traveling all over the world and experiencing a vast array of cultures and locales, from Hong Kong to Jerusalem to Patagonia. This has expanded my limited perspective and opened my mind to the differences that make humanity such a rich and diverse mosaic.
I also enjoy climbing and mountaineering, kayaking Puget Sound with my wife, and playing drums and piano. Probably the experience I enjoy most is an honest, deep conversation.
On a more somber note, I have experienced loss and adversity within my own family, which has given me insight into the suffering and mourning of others. I lost my mother to kidney cancer when I was seventeen. Being parted from her was devastating at that pivotal point in my development. However, the testimony of how she embraced the Lord’s will and sought to make the final stages of her life a witness to others of the perfect peace of Christ was transformational in my own spiritual walk. Through this trial, I was awakened to the depth of God’s love for me and the power that He provides to those in need.
- Grief and Loss
- Spiritual Development
- Men’s Issues
- Individual Counseling
- Marriage Counseling
- Premarital Counseling
- Relationship Issues
Perhaps the most common ailment in our culture today is anxiety. Solomon wrote that “Anxiety weighs down the heart…” (Proverbs 12:25a). This image of the burdened heart describes so many people I meet. When peace is elusive, Christian counseling can help lift this burden. Solomon continues, “…but a kind word cheers it up” (Proverbs 12:25b). The kindest word of all is from Jesus, who says “Let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1a).
Together we will explore the source of disturbance within you and then turn to discover the “rest for your soul” that is available to all (Matthew 11:29). The process of redemption from anxiety involves honest reflection and a shift of focus away from strife and onto meaning and purpose.
Grief and Loss
Grief is an important and necessary step toward healing. In our fast-paced culture, we are taught to treat grief as a disease that must be cured quickly. However, as human beings, we do not care only about how our pain feels—we care about what it means. To tranquilize away or avoid mourning would do nothing to remove the reason for it. Grief over the loss of a loved one represents the depth of love and delight with which the beloved was held in life.
During our sessions, we will strive to find an enduring connection with the person or object of loss in order to embark on a new life in a way that truly honors the lost. Grief is a testimony of the sacred beauty of love, and it is possible to mourn loss with hope.
The call for spiritual development has never been louder. You are called to grow in the maturity and depth of your faith, to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). Will you answer the call? Spiritual development is an adventure of the soul that demands great courage. Together we will explore and adopt the “mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), in whom are hidden “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
Men have a high calling, but our culture has ceased to trust the character of men today. So many men are absent from the home, absent from marriage, and absent from the lives of children. However, I believe your masculinity is a uniquely designed tool to be used for good and peace in the world. Together we will discuss what true manhood is all about, and work toward realizing your full potential.
Marriage has suffered a decline in recent decades. Fewer and fewer people enter this sacred union because it is so difficult. Yet I believe marriage and the sacrificial love it requires are some of God’s greatest gifts. In fact, marriage was designed by God to refine and purify us, to make us into the most glorious versions of ourselves. Together we will work to restore the joy in your marriage and overcome any challenges you face.
I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
- Puyallup – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals and Couples looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at [email protected] or 253-200-5507.
Insurance: As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) a majority of insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.