BIO

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), writer and speaker with over 18 years of coming alongside people and helping them in the contexts of church, community mental health and private practice. I am currently in private practice in Plano, Texas and I also serve on staff as a therapist for The Hideaway Experience marriage intensives in Amarillo, TX.

Prior to becoming a full-time therapist I was a college pastor at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles serving primarily on the campuses of UCLA, USC, LMU and with a large number of young adults from the entertainment community in and around Los Angeles. And I spent three years serving on staff at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX where I was primarily responsible to care for the youth staff, provide crisis counseling for students and families in the youth department, and teach bi-monthly parenting classes for parents of youth.

In my practice I work with a wide variety of people, but I most frequently work with couples who are struggling with relational issues, men who find themselves stuck in life (one of the reasons I wrote What it Means to be a Man: God’s Design for Us in a World Full of Extremes, and families who are struggling with relational issues and transitions in school and at home.

Whatever issue you bring to work on in therapy, my goal is to help you become aware of what holds you back, and then empower you to learn, grow and connect as a person and in relationships with others.

This is my personal website. It is primarily focused on my therapy practice, writing, and speaking. I work hard to provide you with current and helpful information and tips through my blog, podcast and newsletter.

If you are interested in a longer biography about my life and journey to becoming a therapist who is passionate about working with people, then read on.

 

PERSONAL GROWTH

In order that I continue to grow as a therapist and provide people with value in the therapeutic process, I pursue my own personal growth. Though there are many personal ways I pursue this that I won’t share on the blog (such as date nights with my spouse, healthy eating and sleep habits, etc.), here are some key areas of growth where I am accountable to others.

Physically — I am an avid runner, running 3-4 days a week, while doing core conditioning another 2-3 days a week. I have completed two marathons (Chicago Marathon in 2006 and Los Angeles in 2007).  And the Cowtown Ultramarathon (50k) on February 2014.

Emotionally and Mentally — I am in my own therapy, as well as in a monthly peer group with other local therapists, a psychodrama training and growth group, and am being personally coached by Miranda Palmer and Kelly Higdon.

Spiritually — I am a member of Bent Tree Bible Church in Frisco, TX.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

I’m licensed in the state of Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist (#201264). I’m a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, member of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and a member and Vice-President (2012-2014) for the Dallas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

I run my own private practice as well as being on staff at The Hideaway Experience marriage intensives in Amarillo, TX.

I’m also a marriage and family resource for the Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University.

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Grand Canyon University – 1997 (Phoenix, AZ)

Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary – 2003 (Pasadena, CA)

Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy – 2007 (Pasadena, CA)

 

ENDORSEMENTS

For endorsements of my therapeutic, speaking and writing work, please check out what others have to say.