Background

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

Ihave been a professional therapist since 2004. It’s a second career for me – I began my professional life in the IT & business consulting world. But I’ve always had an interest in the realm of the psyche (soul) stretching back as far as I can remember. As I followed my passion for psychology and theology, I stumbled into becoming a therapist. In that sense, having my own counseling practice feels more like a vocation than an occupation; it’s my response to the call that God has put on my life.

I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling from the Seattle School (formerly Mars Hill Graduate School), and a Bachelors of Arts in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in the State of Illinois, and have been through the level 1 & level 2 Gottman Marital Training. I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) in the Patrick Carnes’ treatment method through IITAP and completed a two year Clinical Training Program through the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago.

But my “credentials” also come from being on this journey myself. Dr. Dan Allender, a professor at The Seattle School, often tells the counseling students that “you cannot lead people where you have not been yourself.”

The therapy work I lead people into comes out of my own repentance, healing and awakening, as well as the deep relationships I’ve formed with my wife, my friends, and God. I consider myself a fellow journeyer on the path of developing intimate, satisfying relationships and discovering who God created me to be.

I feel tremendously privileged to join others in their therapeutic work. It’s what I love to do with my one wild and precious life.