I provide specialized mental health services to clients of all backgrounds and I am licensed to work with couples and families as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). My approach is based upon Attachment Theory — that people are wired for connection, and relationships shape the story of their lives. Often men are not socialized nor encouraged to develop the skills to be emotionally invested and connected with others, often maturing into lone wolves. Isolation can contribute to various issues such as loneliness, depression, sexual and substance dependency, and anger.
The good news is that through committed work, men can reclaim their story and create connection. I hope to help clients, especially men, accomplish their goals of recovery and repairing relationships by creating healthy attachment, fostering emotional intelligence, and encouraging vulnerability.
I am a husband and father who has had an interesting career path and upbringing. High speed internet and technology boomed when I was becoming a teenager and I witnessed and experienced the damaging effects of unmonitored access to inappropriate content. Today, one could argue there is more awareness about what lurks on the internet, yet even the youngest have access and the vigilant are still vulnerable. We live in a fascinating time when technology is outpacing our ethical and moral structure and it is creating a dilemma. I was always fascinated by how ideas take shape and influence people’s lives.
I initially pursued engineering and eventually followed my fascination where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Aquinas College. I then went to seminary and discerned a vocation to the priesthood. While in seminary, I experienced the power of the counseling process as seminarians were encouraged to receive professional help as part of the formation process. My contemplation revealed the importance of relationship – to myself, to others, and to the world. After feeling called to mental health, I went on to receive my Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Western Michigan University.
Prior to private practice, I provided crisis support doing risk assessments and counseling for university students and community members struggling with thoughts of suicide, addiction, and abuse. I now primarily work with couples, men, and families addressing various presenting concerns using evidence based practices to maximize success in and outside of session.