Education/Related Experience:
I graduated with distinction from liberty University with a 60 credit masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT). In addition to my educational training I have participated in three subsequent internships: an acute unit for suicidal adolescents, an elementary school, and an individual practice. Currently I am working under the supervision of Mrs. Jenny Tackett LMFT at her private practice, where I have acquired treatment knowledge in a number of therapeutic areas as well as met post hour requirements, and am seeking licensure soon. I am married to my wife of 16 years, and we have four small children together (the oldest has autism). Finally, I am a Deacon at our local church, an author of three Christian fiction novels, and enjoy fishing every chance I get.

Therapeutic Modality:
As a LMFT, I operate from a systemic model. A systemic perspective presumes that past and present relational issues are cause for individual, couple, and family symptomology—but not always. In other words, systemic traits passed down from ‘family of origin’ can influence current behavior. Here, the inherent need for intimacy/affection is often a priority, and I use ‘Emotion Focused Therapy’ to explore these unmet needs or wants—which often contribute to communication issues. Essentially, discovering the things that hold us back from loving is a priority of mine. I also conduct therapy using ‘Experiential’ methods. This means that emotions are a focus of therapy and techniques are used to evoke, explore, discover, analyze, or communicate these emotions. Finally, ‘Attachment Theory’, ‘Solution Focused Therapy’ and ‘Behavioral’ approaches play roles in many of the interventions I use for individuals, couples and families, but are not central to my theoretical orientation.

Expertise:
Marriage and Family Therapy – Individual Therapy – Premarital Counseling – ADHD – Autism – Depression – Anxiety – Pornography use – etc.

Values:
Concerning therapeutic services, the myth of ‘value neutrality’ has been debunked (Remley and Herlihy, 2014), and it is very important for a therapist to know themselves so as not to impose values or become I blind guide for the blind (Matthew 15:14). Our feelings are our own reality, but not always the truth. Therefore, my thoughts and feelings are filtered through and colored by a Christian lens (Romans 12:2). This means that while I do not impose my values onto others, I interpret the world from a Christian perspective (Romans 14:22). In short, Christian references may or may not be incorporated into my therapeutic services–depending on the clients wants or needs–but they will indefinitely be an influential part of my character (Proverbs 2:1).