A very good thing to acknowledge is that life – filled with its highs and lows – is messy and that we are all a mess and broken (some may appear not to be, but they are). Many complications arise when we feel we shouldn’t have a mess or if we’re ashamed of it. Simply put, at times an outside guide can be very beneficial in helping sort out any particular mess or area of brokenness.
Therapy for me is the art of helping a person bring wholeness to their life with the Christ-inspired profound understanding that the human person has the potential to be more beautiful after we experience brokenness than before. I’m convinced this is true, even if it may sound hard to believe and just a nice sounding statement.
I believe Jesus of Nazareth is God and possesses complete insight into our psyche and has the potential to bring healing of a nature that is infinite. Yet no matter anyone’s beliefs, I always strive to meet people wherever they’re at, for freedom in counseling needs to be respected for healing and flourishing to take its course.
And behold, I am with you always. Mt 28:20
I completed my Master’s degree in counseling and my Bachelor’s degree in theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. The coursework and training for my counseling degree took particular care to integrate the psychological and spiritual components of the human person.
Experience and Approach
I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years, mainly with adults but also with some children and adolescents.
I work out of a framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have experience with the existential therapies of Logotherapy and Affirmation Therapy (Conrad Baars) which focuses on meaning, value, and self acceptance with the practical approaches of Cognitive-Behavior, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused therapies to address barriers.
I have extensive experience in Carmelite Spirituality, which is characterized as an intense thirst for a direct experience of God through prayer. I spent four years as a Carmelite Friar.