I am an ordained minister of Christian counseling in the Southern Baptist church and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Texas. I have a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I also have a Master of Arts in Religious Education with an emphasis in administration from Southwestern and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Service from Howard Payne University.
I have specialized training in Spiritual Direction, Trauma Resolution Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Neurofeedback. I currently hold a certification through IITAP as a Sex Addiction Therapist. I regularly attend continuing education related to my field.
I have a passion to guide men and couples toward Spiritual formation. I specialize in working with marriages in crisis, men struggling with sexual purity, and adult survivors of trauma. My formal education has prepared me to work with individuals, marriages, families, and groups.
The purpose of counseling is to reach specific goals for individual and relational growth, which are mutually agreed upon by both the client and the counselor. Goals should be consistent with biblical truth.
I approach counseling from a biblical perspective, utilizing techniques from two distinct methodologies: the cognitive-behavioral approach, and Spiritual Direction. These techniques include, but are not limited to, neurofeedback, psychoeducation, communication and conflict resolution skills, cognitive interventions, active listening, assessments, homework, reading assignments, prayer, and therapeutic confrontation.
The cognitive-behavioral approach focuses on thoughts and behaviors, and sees emotions as the result or consequences of our thoughts. Spiritual Direction focuses on experiencing an authentic encounter with the Trinitarian God embracing both His mystery and His personhood. The goal of Spiritual Direction is the intentional shift from self-obsession to God-obsession.