a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 1997 at the age of 42.
Major course work included:
Theory and Philosophy of Counseling
Diagnosis and Treatment of Adult Disorders
Models of Addiction and Recovery
Institute of Addiction Study
Research Methods in Counseling
Treatment of Eating Disorders
Mental Health Internship: Adult Psychopathology.
Later that year, I opened my private practice. At the same time, I
was hired as a psychiatric case-manager at Columbia River Mental Health Clinic in Vancouver, Washington. In that clinical
setting, I helped adult clients with addictions and/or chronic mental illness for the next two years.
In 1999, I turned my full attention to private practice.
I chose to specialize in couples and marriage counseling because I believed that
this was the area where I could have the most impact as a therapist. Not only does the health of each family figure largely
in the health and success of its children, but I believe that our society also derives its strength and integrity
from that of the family.
In this work, the issues
of infidelity, anger and addiction to pornography and sex came up so frequently that years ago I decided to add
these important areas of focus to my therapy practice. This choice has served to increase the rewards of my work
and my ability to make a difference in the community.
57 years old, I live with my wife of 17 years and my two children, ages 10 and 12.