Although I am not an Idaho native, I am proud to say that I was raised in Idaho from the age
of 5 and graduated from Meridian High School. I have been married eight years to my wife Angela and we have three
children. Although challenging at times, I love parenting my children and watching them develop and mature. We are an active
family who enjoy the outdoors. Some of our favorite activities are camping, rafting, snow skiing, and swimming. Some of my
own individual leisure time activities include off-road motorcycles, whitewater kayaking, photography, and woodworking.
I was first introduced to counseling during my first years in college while working with at-risk teenagers. I soon
learned that I loved helping individuals and families who were struggling to find happiness. These experiences also helped
me decide on pursuing a major in Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University from which I graduated
Soon after graduating, I began working for the State of Utah in child protection. Although
I was helping to protect children and re-unite families, I wanted to feel like I was able to help families heal
in a more direct way. I realized that my education was limiting my abilities and so decided to pursue a Masters Degree. While
exploring the different fields of counseling, I looked for one that maintained the philosophy that relationships and families
are core to good mental health and life satisfaction. The field of Marriage and Family Therapy fit perfectly and I was soon
enrolled in the award winning Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Colorado State University. In addition to my university
training, I have sought out additional professional training.
Children are a particularly vulnerable population and I wanted more specialization in working with children. I attended
intensive training from two of the foremost experts in Child-Centered Play Therapy -- Rise van Fleet, Ph.D. and Byron Norton, Ph.D. This style of therapy is highly effective in helping children recognize
and tap into their own internal resources as they engage in the healing process of therapy.
trauma is highly disturbing and can negatively affect individuals and families for years if not a lifetime. Being able to effectively
reduce the disturbing symptoms of trauma is crucial in helping someone achieve good mental health. I have therefore been trained
in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is one of the most effective and highly researched methods of working