I spent my first career designing electronic widgets. After getting laid off (again) in 2002, I made a pretty radical shift into practicing psychotherapy. If you connect to the internet through a cable modem, our stories are connected through my first life. If you are wrestling with questions like "What does it mean to be a man?" or "How can I get over this addiction?" or "OK, now what?" then we're connected through examining our stories and trying to make sense of them, which is what my second (OK, and my first) life is all about.
I made the shift kicking and screaming - and I still kick and scream a good bit - but this is where I belong for the time being.
I spent about 20 years in the technology industry, first as a “Dilbert” engineer, and then as a “pointy-haired boss” (see www.dilbert.com if you don't know what I'm talking about). Through that experience, I got credit (but no money) for a half-dozen patents and a monstrous addiction to work. I am a recovering workaholic (see the addictions page).
As a part of my recovery, I decided it was time to do something different, so I went back to school – Mars Hill Graduate School (www.mhgs.edu) to be precise – and earned 2 graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and Master of Divinity.
I now enjoy working with individuals and couples who are struggling with relational issues, particularly those that show up as non-substance addictions like work, sex, and relationships, and with the struggles associated with mid-life “re-alignments”. I am also interested in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and those who love them; and with men who are really serious about getting violence out of their lives, especially violence towards members of their own families.
My personal and professional callings are still evolving, but they are centered around a concept I call “story restoration”. This involves walking through stories (my own, my family's, my friends', my church's, and my clients') in the twin lights of the imago Dei (the Image of God) in which every human being is created and the cesspool of depravity that is also intrinsic to every human.
As a psychotherapist, my goal is to create a synergy between the two that shows the glory of God as each story is uniquely designed to do, while celebrating the mystery of what has not yet been revealed. While I hope for positive behavioral change as a revelation of this internal growth, that isn't the main focus of therapy. Rather, my desire is to engage with the ongoing process of internal transformation into what each of us was created to be(come).
Currently my primary call seems to be within the Church, but I also have a deep desire to bring redemption into the world at large through this same process.
I am Licensed Professional Counselor by the state of Georgia (License # LPC006090, in the Prof. Coun./Soc. Work/Marriage category - click here to verify with my name and license number). This license requires a Master's Degree in Counseling, which I earned from Mars Hill Graduate School in 2007. Further, I carry professional liability insurance from HPSO.
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