At Life Discovery Counseling Services, we have Counselors and Interns on staff. Interns are completing their coursework and internship, gaining skill at integrating their education with practical experience. They are highly skilled and continue in regular supervision with our Clinical Directors until they earn their Master’s degree in Counseling or Psychotherapy.
Though I am still a student about halfway through coursework toward a Masters in Counseling, I have almost 25 years experience caring for people while serving on staff at non-profits and churches. I have pastoral counseling experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups on a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, survival of physical and/or sexual abuse, marital concerns, life transitions, grief over loss, parenting challenges, and spiritual concerns. My approach explores how cognition (one’s thoughts and beliefs), affect (one’s emotions and desires), and narrative (one’s story and its meaning) impact behavior. I view counseling as a collaborative effort in helping persons recognize strengths, identify needs, understand conflicts, discover new options, set growth goals, and make informed choices. While I operate from a Christian worldview and enjoy helping people connect with God, out of care and respect I do not impose my beliefs or opinions onto clients.
When I’m not working, you’ll generally find me enjoying our beautiful state hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, golfing or going for a long walk with my beautiful wife of 29 years.
I believe that we all have beauty, value, and strengths to offer. Sometimes we lose sight of that and sometimes there seems to be so much stacked against us that realizing this again can seem impossible. I want to help people work through whatever’s obscuring their view of this reality to discover and own the value and strengths they possess so they can positively impact others and the world around them. We already possess all that we might to overcome whatever we might be facing and sometimes we need other people in our lives to help us discover that. My hope is that through the therapy process people come to terms with where they currently are and where they want to be and learn to enjoy the process of bridging the gap between the two. This involves growing an awareness and understanding of your strengths, values, thoughts, feelings, and actions so you can start moving in the direction of health and wholeness.
I enjoy working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, major life transitions, and those looking to find a vocation they love that utilizes their strengths and passions.
If you’re someone who struggles with any of these issues, you know you can get through them but you need some help or guidance, and you’re ready to do the work, you came to the right place! Get in touch with me by calling or texting me, email me, or just schedule an appointment now – I would love to get connected and start working with you.
Education and Experience
I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in 2014 and worked with my church for a couple years after that in campus and homeless ministry until I decided to go to school to become a counselor in 2019. I’m currently in my second year of Western Seminary’s 3-year Master’s in Counseling program and am currently in my first semester of practicum here at Life Discovery.
As a minister, I’ve worked with people with a variety of challenges: anxiety, depression, addiction, vocational and major life transitions, personality disorders, and am excited to start working with people in a more clinical capacity!
Philosophy and Approach
My therapeutic approach tends to lean toward Acceptance Commitment Therapy for embracing and accepting the complexity and difficulties of life and relationships and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in acknowledging and challenging unhelpful thought processes that might be a hindrance to creating a life you love and value.
In my free time, I love spending time with friends, reading at coffee shops, playing music, cooking, hiking, and traveling abroad.