Q. What do you enjoy most about your work?
A. There are people out there who I know are living better and healthier lives, and having more satisfying relationships, at least in part because of the work they have done with me in therapy. I feel fortunate to have been on that journey with them, and look forward to serving others in the Wilmington area.
Q. What issues are you best at helping people address?
A. I do my best work helping people with relationship issues, couples counseling, anxiety, depression, autism, and addiction /substance use issues.
Depending on the client, I customize my treatment approach and use various methods, depending on each client’s unique needs. No two clients are alike. No two have the same issues or needs. The best approach for any individual depends on how that individual thinks, how they learn, their readiness for change, how they communicate. I listen then we work together with how that individual communicates, thinks, learns, and prepares to change.
Q: Tell us something about your training?
A. I am trained and experienced in Insight Oriented Therapy, Didactic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral interventions, and support building. With couples, we focus on communication, developing realistic expectations, compromise, and conflict resolution.
Q. What do you tell people to look for in a therapist?
A. When evaluating whether a therapist or counselor is right for you, find a person who listens well and in whom you can place your trust. As Scott Miller said: “When it comes down to helping clients to create positive change, nothing is more important than the alliance that you are able to forge with your client.” I completely believe that.
Q. What do you want a potential therapy client to know?
A. Treatment works for people motivated to do the work. I cannot “fix” anyone–no therapist can. Any counselor will do their best to facilitate the change you want to see in your life. If you don’t like your results, you may be in too big of a hurry, or you may be working with the wrong person. Give it some time, but if it’s not working, then go and try another counselor.
Q. What lead you to become a counselor?
A. After overcoming struggles with depression and addiction as a young adult, I decided to help others. Treatment saved my life.
Q. What do you enjoy doing when not at work?
A. My kids are in the Eastern North Carolina area. Our first grandson was just born and when my wife Stephanie and I spend time with him, our two daughters, our son, and son-in-law, it’s a better day than others. I like to have adventures, hike, make photographs, and make new friends.