Research has shown that more than any other factor in therapy (particular steps taken, the therapist's degree and training, etc.), clients benefit most simply from a relationship with someone who is trained to help. I will value that relationship with you and, if I'm the right counselor for you, you will come to value it as well.
My particular gift as a therapist is insight -- being able to understand complex situations and help a client understand them so clients can make choices about what they need to do to move forward.
I approach counseling in a fairly structured, though not stuffy or formal, way. I don't give a ton of assessments, but use them sometimes in order to help confirm a diagnosis I am already suspecting.
Education and Qualifications
- B.S. in Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Michigan-Flint
- M.A.in Counseling, Oakland University
- Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan
- National Certified Counselor
- Certified to use the Prepare/Enrich premarital and couple counseling programs and have nearly fifteen years of experience using them successfully.
- 36-hour course where I was certified by The Mentoring Institue to supervise graduate counselors during their required 3,000 hours of post-graduate experience
- Ordained minister in the Free Methodist Church of North America
Associations and Memberships
- American Counseling Association
- Michigan Counseling Association
- Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Counseling
- Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association
Teaching and Supervision
I teach in the M.A. in Counseling program at Spring Arbor University, and supervise post-grads during their required 3,000 of supervised practice before they can be fully licensed.