You were left a legacy. For good or bad – usually a mix of both. Tap into what is meaningful, break with what is toxic, and be intentional about the impact you want to have on the world.
Like you, I play many roles and have many interests. In addition to being a licensed clinical professional counselor, I’m a husband, father, friend, leader, singer, power walker, business owner, gardener, cook, and someone who loves to create inviting spaces in which friends and family can gather.
My background includes 30 years of work experience in corporate settings divided between the nonprofit sector and the financial services industry. After attending a life-changing men’s retreat in 2004, I began a career transition to psychotherapy.
Specialized Training and Experience
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples training, having completed training through the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), completion of full 40-hour training
- Discernment Counselor certification, Doherty Relationship Institute, 2017
- Staff therapist with Alliance Clinical Associates, Wheaton, 2012-2018, Millennium Counseling Center, Chicago, 2008-2012
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
- Master of Science in Human Services Counseling, National-Louis University
My specialties and passions in psychotherapy and coaching include:
- Couples counseling utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a clinically proven effective method of reconnecting couples by exploring and honoring attachment styles and past injuries to clients’ sense of safe, reliable connection to others, and by creating healthy new patterns of relating.
- Resolution of past trauma utilizing EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Discernment Counseling to help couples step out of “commitment ambivalence” in their marriage and gain clarity about the future of their relationship
- Healthier and more effective communication with loved ones and others, e.g., expressing wants and needs clearly, setting clear boundaries, and engaging constructively around “hot topics”
- Men’s issues including developing deeper relationships and finding meaning and fulfillment at times of change and transition
A little more about me
Deep connection with people is something I value. Married since 1984, it is wonderful to have closely witnessed another life and to have mine witnessed all these years by the same beautiful person. My children are grown and we remain closely connected. My relationships are what I am most proud of. I’ve had career success and big career failures, have tried new things and somehow made them work and also taken risks and fallen flat on my face. While the failures were far from enjoyable at the time, they, as well as the experiences of starting over again, have shaped my ability to connect with others.
I know at my core that however people might appear on the outside, we’re all somewhat frail on the inside – and it is relationships that bolster us, that give us hope and purpose. Whatever we work on in therapy, there is always a critically important thread of relationship beneath it all that adds life, energy and momentum to our work. Our relationship is an important aspect of our work together — and a key ingredient to growth and change.