I serve individuals and couples who are encountering psychological pain and difficult life situations and transitions. I have a specific passion for assisting individuals as they navigate through challenges and doubts regarding their faith. Though pain is to be expected in life, much of our suffering can be reduced by maintaining an identity rooted in the Scriptures. As your counselor, I am dedicated to supporting and encouraging your overall wellness—behaviorally, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. I will come alongside you to motivate, challenge, and strengthen you as you courageously go out to contend with life.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
It is my hope that from our sessions, you will be able to clearly identify what is troubling you, establish practical and feasible goals which help to alleviate the pain brought on by the issue, and accomplish those goals. We’ll also work together to identify areas in your life where accepting responsibility may bring freedom, while also recognizing areas where relinquishing responsibility may bring freedom.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
Your counseling sessions with me will be catered to your specific needs. I offer a nonjudgmental place where you can be open about whatever is on your mind and heart. You can always expect me to act in humility and open-mindedness. I am approachable and unsurprised by many thoughts, doubts, and struggles that others may find surprising. You can expect that I will be ready to listen, slow to speak, and gentle to challenge ideas.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
It is my absolute conviction that Christ is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life. Thus, I believe that though life improvement is feasible without God, truly enduring and dramatic transformation can only occur by the work of the Holy Spirit. Christians have the very answer to all of life’s troubles dwelling right within them. Therefore, it is only rational to bring faith into the equation.
Qualifications & Experience
I received my Associate of Arts degree from Pierce College, my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University, and my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwest University. During graduate school, I interned at Life Center Church as a mental health counseling intern for one year.
My Call to Christian Counseling
Asking hard questions and exploring answers have always been natural aspects of my personality. I am not sure how I got here, but I am happy that Yahweh has brought me to this career to encourage and build up others in their faith.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
My wife and I have been married since 2018. I am very analytically and creatively oriented. I find myself with a passion for life’s biggest questions. Thus, I have a deep interest in philosophy, theology, and the natural and social sciences. I am a man of hard questions and an open mind. Though I once struggled to find my faith, Yahweh taught me to embrace skepticism and critical thinking to deepen my faith in the Scriptures. I am very interested in understanding design patterns, motifs, and themes within the Hebrew Bible. I can relate to those who are struggling with their faith or who have become apathetic about their beliefs. I also can relate to the struggle of pain and suffering in life and how this can affect our faith and understanding of Yahweh’s goodness. I am absolutely fascinated by Jesus Christ and what He is doing in the lives of others.
Areas of Expertise/Specialties
- Aging and Geriatric Issues
- Anger Management
- Christian Couples Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Infidelity and Affairs
- Marriage Counseling
- Men’s Issues
- Personal Development
- Relationship Issues
- Sex and Porn Addiction
- Sexual Abuse
- Spiritual Development
- Weight Loss
Symptoms of anxiety include increased worry, restlessness, tension, irritability, headaches, abdominal upset, or muscle tension and can often lead to an inability to do the things you find important or be around the people you love. Anxiety is often rooted in past trauma. These traumatic experiences can train the mind to be hyper-alert as a way of protecting yourself from future potential traumas. In our sessions, we can explore productive coping strategies tailored directly to you and your unique experience. We may also explore the tension that can accompany anxiety and faith: what does it mean to trust God, yet feel anxiety?
Symptoms of depression include increased sadness, decreased interest in activity, negative thinking, change in sleeping patterns, loss of energy, feelings of guilt, hopelessness and despair, or difficulties concentrating. Depression may often be accompanied by anxiety. In our sessions, we can explore the possible causes, avenues of proactive measures, and discover practical and realistic ways to reignite your vigor and motivation in life. We may also explore the tension that can accompany depression and faith: what does it mean to experience depression, yet have the joy of the Lord?
Infidelity and Affairs
Infidelity tears the floor right out from under any marriage. Affected spouses are left with feelings of shock, anger, naivety, resentment, hopelessness, or numbness. The offending spouse may feel fear, shame, self-hatred, self-naivety, numbness, or even anger. While it may seem that there is no hope for marriage after betrayal, with Christ, there is always hope of restoration.
In our sessions, we can explore the causes of the affair, how to live honestly, how to live out forgiveness, how to rebuild lost trust, and how to view each other as spouses. We may also explore the tension that can accompany infidelity and faith: what does it mean to show forgiveness to an adulterous spouse? How could a true Christian ever engage in such a hurtful action? What does godly restoration actually look like?
It is inevitable that any relationship involving two partners will encounter tension. Relationships last by the way tension is resolved, not by the absence of tension. Life is very challenging and not everyone is wired to react to challenging problems the same way. When deciding how to approach problems with our beloved spouses, it can often feel as though the other person is selfish, mean, or has simply checked their brain at the door.
While it may seem impossible to effectively communicate and compromise with our spouse, God designed marriage as a perfect reflection of Himself and the church. In our sessions, we can explore how to live with someone who is just as imperfect as yourself, how to communicate with someone who thinks differently, and how to keep the romance and the passion alive with someone who always seems to leave their dirty dishes on the coffee table. We may also explore the tension that can accompany stereotypes of marital roles and faith: what does it mean for a wife to submit to her husband? Is a husband also expected to submit to his wife? What does it mean for each partner to love and submit to one another? What if your partner is not submitting back?
Living as a Christian can be confusing. God promises us His very presence, His peace, and His joy, yet our experience of life is almost always one of pain and suffering. The flesh is indeed weak, but we forget how willing the Spirit really is. In our sessions, we can explore what it means to be a follower of Christ. Is Christianity just a religion that teaches us to behave morally? How can we be sure it is even true? What are we to do with all of our doubts? Why do terrible things happen to those who love God? Why is the Bible sometimes so boring and hard to understand?
Sessions: I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
- Puyallup – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
- Federal Way – Monday, Thursday
- Online (WA residence only)
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for individuals and couples looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service.
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, some insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 2.97% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.