There is nothing more powerful than people coming together. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Whether it’s on a large scale of a community or on a more intimate scale of a family or marriage, I believe in the power that comes when we work together toward a common goal.
I support couples in nurturing their relationship so they can be the best helpmates to each other in all of life’s ups and downs. Whether it’s needing to work through painful experiences within the relationship or preparing to face life’s challenges together, I believe that couples can intentionally author their story when they come together and work toward their common goals. I work with couples through all stages of life, from pre-marital counseling to sustaining connection later in life, and everything in between.
I also specialize in working with men. Oftentimes men have limited spaces where they can acknowledge their struggles and work through their challenges in healthy ways. We live in a demanding world that places expectations on men which can lead to burn out; and as a result, many men are silently struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, addictions, isolation, and more. I strive to provide men with a safe space to talk about the difficult things in their lives so they can become more connected with their own emotions and deepen their connections with their loved ones.
Getting to Know Me
I am an advanced master’s level advanced intern therapist under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Smith, PsyD, completing my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Wheaton College. Previously, I worked for six years in a parachurch organization on a college campus in Africa, mentoring and counseling college students. During this time, I experienced firsthand the importance of “being with” individuals. I learned the value of listening as I walked with them in their joy and pain through the ups and downs of life. I also learned the value of being a trusted and dependable mentor and counselor, providing insight and support along the way.
One of the most common struggles I saw among college students was adjusting to married life. Many young couples lacked adequate preparation for making this significant life change and they often felt discouraged, frustrated, and defeated. I could relate to their pain because I too was married early in life, and my wife and I wished we had had more tools to start off well. These experiences have created a passion in me to be a resource for couples in all stages of life, so that they do not have to figure it out on their own.