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I got into the counseling field in a bit of a backwards way. I received my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Public Relations and Marketing in 1993 from Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in Monroe, Louisiana. After looking for work in my chosen field and being near homeless for almost a year, I took a job providing case management services for children and adults diagnosed with serious emotional disorders and chronic mental illness.
Working with this population was challenging and frustrating at the same time. It seemed that many of the professional people in the community mental health system were not very supportive and, at times, lacked empathy for the ways their clients suffered from their emotional issues on a daily basis. It was during this time, I came to believe that there had to be a better, more respectful way to help people resolve and cope with very difficult circumstances in their lives. I also realized, if I wanted to do something about it, I needed to go back to school.
I returned to NLU in 1995 and earned my Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1997. Following my graduation, my new wife and I moved to Curry County Oregon, where I provided services to individuals, couples and family in the local mental health center. I was there for over four years and had the opportunity to develop and provide services as the Child and Family Program Director and later, the Mental Health Program Director.
During that same period, my wife and I struggled to start our family. Working through several difficult, complicated pregnancies, we were finally blessed with two wonderful daughters. We were also very far away from our loved ones in Louisiana and Texas. So, in 2001, we decided to move back to Texas so our kids would know their family more closely than through letters and phone calls.
Over the course of the last twenty years, my practice has included work with individuals, couples and families who reached out for counseling services for a wide range of presenting problems. I tend to work from a problem-solving, strategic, solution-focused, and brief therapy perspective, but I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Informed care. I believe working towards helping a person recognize and build on their personal strengths to address and resolve problems in their own way is the most respectful and supportive role I can play.