Many of the challenges we face in life have a great deal to do with the quality of our relationships--both to others and to ourselves. Our brains are social organs. Without enough meaningful relationships, we feel lonely and sad--even numb. Our worries come and haunt us in the night when we're most alone. We may turn to drugs and alcohol, because the brief relief they provide, seems more reliable, than any person in our life.
If a relationship has hurt us, it will often take a relationship to heal us. I've found everyone has an innate and amazing ability to heal and grow. We only require a compassionate relationship to activate it. To that end, I build relationships with people in which I'm genuine, offer total acceptance, and communicate a deep and empathic understanding. In such a supportive relationship everyone can find their ability to thrive.
Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I graduated from Earlham College with a major in Classical Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. Afterward, I spent several years at the Earlham School of Religion, studying postmodernism, process philosophy, and spiritual direction. I then left to pursue my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University, where I met my beloved wife, Meghan.
I've worked in this field since 2011--with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked as a counselor at a substance use hospital, as an outpatient therapist in community mental health, as a home-based therapist helping to reunify families, and as a counselor using EMDR with survivors of crimes, such as domestic violence. I particularly enjoy helping individuals and couples heal from trauma and to improve their relationships.
I'm a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), volunteer with the state division, the Indiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (IAMFT), and am also a member of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling (QPCC). I've been a guest lecturer on Marriage and Family Therapy for several classes at Butler University and would like to work as an adjunct professor, teaching courses on psychology and psychotherapy.
In my spare time, I enjoy finding new ways to avoid washing dishes, debating whether to get a doctorate, reading, pining to play games, and very occasionally jogging around the neighborhood where I live with my wife and our fur-baby--a seventy-pound pit-mix, named Dover.
If you're ready for a healing relationship, please schedule an appointment below. I look forward to hearing from you.