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 one of my responses to God’s pursuit of me.

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 have also done five years of analytic training in Jungian Psychology with 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 one of the things I love to do with my one wild and precious life.