Individuals, Couples & Families
Doctor of Psychology
I am the founder and clinical director of Restoration Counseling Services. I work with individuals, couples, and families through clinically sound therapeutic approaches as well as a Biblically-based foundation. Each individual and their needs determine the approach that is most helpful to the therapeutic process.
The goal of therapy is to help people confront their issues, repair past damage, hurt or pain, and bring restoration to present situations and relationships. The purpose is to discover hope, healing, and a new way to live.
From a biblical perspective, the concept of RESTORATION is a process of getting well through the presence of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Throughout my 30 years as a counselor, I have seen God’s restoration (1 Peter 5:6-12) lead to life-changing outcomes in many lives, including my own. Every person’s story is a starting place of hope, healing, and a new way to live.
My work as a psychologist includes working with clinical mental health issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar, and obsessive compulsive disorders. I also work with families impacted by trauma and dysfunction. A vast number of my clients are couples seeking healthier ways to function due to a variety of damaging behaviors such as sexual affairs, pornography, drugs or alcohol. In addition to this work, I help men face destructive patterns around issues of addiction. Having personally come out of a family of origin system of dysfunction, I help people face the wounds and hurts of their past so they can live healthier in the present.
My approach is eclectic, meaning I use a variety of clinical approaches ranging from cognitive behavioral to systemic, all with the purpose of restoring and improving daily living.
In past experiences as both a psychologist and pastor, I have served in several churches as director of recovery ministries. In each church I oversaw the training and equipping of facilitators to lead effective, life-changing, need-based recovery groups.
I have also served in church staff roles at several churches as youth pastor to executive pastor. I have taught classes as an adjunct professor at the university level, conducted numerous seminars, workshops and spoken in many different venues from college chapel services to weekend retreats for both men and couples. My wife Laurie and I have also spoken at many events together for parents, MOPS, and marriage retreats.
I have been married for over 42 years to my lovely wife Laurie whom I met in college. Together we have four adult children, seven grandchildren, and four dogs throughout the family. We love adventures and travel, and my new toy is a Slingshot motorcycle that is just plain fun!
I grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from high school there. I later received my Bachelor's degree from California State University in Chico and my master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from the University of San Francisco. In 2001, I obtained my doctoral degree in psychology from Seattle Pacific University and I am a licensed psychologist.