People often enter therapy when they have become stuck in their problems and aren’t sure how to try something new or even know what to try.  My approach to therapy involves identifying the healthy motivations in my clients, helping them to develop a clear vision of what they want to move toward in their lives, and connecting them to their own strengths to make steps in that direction.  The therapeutic relationship is crucial to healing and I focus on developing a respectful and supportive partnership with my clients.   

I bring over 20 years of clinical experience to my work at the Oxford Counseling Center, having provided treatment to individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings.  My professional experience includes working as a senior counselor at the University of Kentucky Department of Outpatient Psychiatry, and more recently, working with students, faculty and staff as a counselor at the University of Mississippi Counseling Center for four years. 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Qualified Supervisor with the Mississippi Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, and have also been a National Certified Counselor since 2002.  I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Virginia Tech, and my graduate training at the University of Florida and the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where I earned my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.

Each person I work with is unique, and I tailor therapy to fit each of my client’s needs.   I help clients with a wide range of psychological concerns and incorporate a number of clinical approaches including cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, clinical hypnosis, and mindfulness-based practices.  I have a special interest in working with those who have experienced trauma, and have training in EMDR as well as other desensitization techniques.

My specializations include treatment of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, OCD, grief and loss, bipolar disorder, relationship difficulties, and problems related to life transitions.

My wife and I have been happily married nearly 25 years and have two incredible children together.  For fun and relaxation, I enjoy gardening, cooking, playing guitar, and spending time with my family.