MAMFC, LPC-S, CSAT
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 regularly attend continuing education related to my field, and have specialized training in the area of Spiritual Direction.
I have a passion to guide men and couples toward Spiritual formation. My formal education has prepared me to work with individuals, marriages, families, and groups. 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, active listening, assessments, homework, psycho-educational discussions, 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.
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. 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.
Sharlene and I have been married since 1984 and have three grown children: Leanna, Ryan, and Kyle. We feel blessed to have them all living relatively near us. Sharlene and I are both native Texans, and have lived in Texas all of our lives. Through my work we have been able to develop our mutual love of travel, as I have been invited to speak at conferences in many parts of the world. In addition to travel we love music, reading and spending time in the outdoors. I am especially fond of fly fishing.