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.