At this point in my life I have much life experience, education and training in counseling, as well as almost a decade of experience working in the field of addiction. My personal life experiences include much diversity and because of working with clients that struggle with addiction my scope of diversity was greatly increased. Because of this I have had the opportunity to assist others in improving all areas of their life.
I see one of the main purposes of counseling as assisting clients in becoming aware of issues that may deter their growth and reduce their positive interactions with others. I think many lack needed coping skills that can be learned. I am here to listen and work together with you.
I bring the unique quality to work with a very diverse clientele and provide fresh insights into your issues. I work to challenge and motivate you. By making often only minor changes one can regain balance of mind, body, and soul while working towards achieving peace, tranquility, and serenity.
I have a passion for seeing people get healthy, mentally and spiritually. My specialty is working with men and adolescents struggling with sexual addictions. I also work with adolescents and adults with PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, spiritual wellness and marital issues.
As a Christian counselor, God's word is first and foremost a part of my treatment method. This is why I use Integrative Psychology. This type of psychotherapy allows me to combine psychology and God's word to help my clients find the healing they are looking for.
When I am not working with my clients, I love spending time with my wife of 26 years. We usually spend our time traveling to visit our adult children and their spouses.
I have been a professional Christian counselor and consultant since 1985 and have worked with a wide range of issues with both groups and individuals. I know the world of mental health from all aspects and I believe I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. It all began when I volunteered as a youth leader for Young Life in Muncie, Indiana. I began to see how positive relationships can change lives.
I spent the next four years learning about adolescents and their needs in relationships. I knew then that working with others with a relationship with Jesus Christ as the base was what I wanted to do. I pursued a degree in Psychology and Bible from Milligan College, finishing in December of 1987. While there, I worked full time at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital in the Adolescent and Intensive Treatment units. The experience was life changing! I began to understand others at their weakest moments and learned how to interact with them to rebuild hope.
Coming home from Milligan, I accepted a similar position at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Indiana. I worked primarily with the adolescent population. I also pursued my Master’s Degree in Counseling and Counselor Education while at St. Francis, finishing in 1996. In February 1998, I was promoted to the manager of the Employee Assistance program. My ministry there consisted of counseling employees and their family members on a variety of issues as well as educating hospital departments on topics such as (but not limited to) Stress Management, Team building, Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution. In addition, I consulted with business leaders on the management of their employees, use of EA services and methods to improve employee productivity. In 1998, I became certified in Critical Incident Stress Management. In October of 2012, I began a two-year service to the Indiana Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association as President, and in 2012, I served as Vice President. I concluded the ministry at St. Francis in July 2013.
Concurrent with the position at St. Francis, I began counseling with Christian Counseling Associates (CCA) in 1988 and built a part-time counseling ministry in Hendricks County, Indiana. I served many churches in the area and learned how to effectively use Scripture in counseling under the guidance and mentorship of Rick Sudsberry. I left CCA in 1998 to take on the full time management position at St. Francis. However, in 2013, I returned to Hendricks County to provide a full range of counseling services. This counseling is faith-based and specializes development of self to tackle and attain life goals.
In addition to business leadership experience I gained at St. Francis, I have developed a passion to take those skills and assist ministerial staff with the massive amount of stress and dysfunction that exists in the ministry. Through it's ups and downs and all the challenges, this ministry continues to grow and develop.
It has been an amazing journey so far. I have gained so much insight into the behavior of others and have seen so much hope and growth through the life changing use of God’s love. Through it all, I have been blessed to be married to my wonderful wife, Johanna, since 1985. God saw fit to bless us with one child, Michael, who joined us in 1993. During Michael’s youth, I was blessed to serve as President of Ben Davis Little League for 2 years and served on its' board for 6 years.
Some of the specialties that I have developed over the years are:
Critical Incidents: debriefing/defusing
PREPARE/ENRICH Hope-Focused Couple Counseling
Self-Pay: Check, Cash, Credit Card or HSA cards accepted. No insurance accepted.