My life’s path, like many others, has had its share of twists and turns. Prior to entering the field of counseling, I have worn several professional “hats.” After graduating from Anoka High School, I joined the US Navy and spent four years serving in San Francisco. I was able to take advantage of the GI Bill to complete my college education at MN State University, Mankato. During the years following college, I taught high school music. I owned a small business for several years, and have worked as a manager in the financial services industry.
While working in these different career paths, I began to notice that people in my life regularly reached out to me for advice and counsel with emotional and relationship problems. I discovered that I had been practicing “casual” counseling for most of my adult life. Many people who were helped by my advice suggested that I pursue counseling as a profession. Late in my professional life, I enrolled in Minnesota School of Professional Psychology’s graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy, leading to professional licensing in the field.
I’m happily married, am the father of five wonderful young adults and the proud grandpa of four precious grandchildren. I have found that drawing from my own life experience has been very valuable in working with clients. I have personally experienced some of the struggles that they are facing.
I am passionate about the work of helping my clients learn to build the lives and relationships they desire. I am truly blessed to have these opportunities to walk with my clients for a time as they discover solutions for difficult problems in their lives.
Minnesota Board of Marriage & Family Therapy LMFT #1842
Minnesota State University – Mankato, MN Bachelor of Science – Education: 1980
Bethel Theological Seminary – St Paul, MN Theological Studies: 1982-1983
Minnesota School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University Eagan, MN Master of Arts – Marriage and Family Therapy: 2005
Preventative Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) Denver, CO 2003
Conflict Resolution Family Law Mediation Training St Olaf College Northfield, MN 2007
Gottman Institute Training in Advanced Couples Therapy Orlando, FL 2016
Milton Erickson Foundation: Advanced training in Clinical Hypnosis Phoenix, AZ 2016
Certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Minneapolis, MN 2017
International Association of Counselors and Therapists; Professional Membership.
American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy; Clinical Fellow
National Anger Management Association; Certified Anger Management Specialist
American Hypnosis Association; Clinical Member
National Guild of Hypnotists; Certified Hypnotist