Bio & Practice Philosophy

My name Stephen, and I am a dedicated clinical mental health counselor with a passion for guiding individuals towards inner peace and greater levels of self-awareness. With a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to support you at this important moment in your life.  Throughout my career, I've focused on providing compassionate care to adults in residential treatment facing challenges with addiction and mental health issues, particularly anxiety, depression, and PTSD. My approach is deeply rooted in person-centered therapy, where qualities of presence, empathy, and compassion serve as the foundation of our work together.

My own personal journey of overcoming self-destructive behaviors and limiting belief systems has deeply influenced my approach to therapy and my desire to be of service.  I value a holistic approach to wellness that includes addressing the mind, the body, the spirit (the essence of who you are).  I feel fortunate to have traveled to Central and South America and in Africa to get a glimpse of how mental health is being treated in other cultures in different countries.  These experiences opened my heart even further to appreciation of the diversity that exists among human beings, and in our culture here in the states.

I believe in creating a safe and supportive space for you to explore your inner landscape and uncover the root causes of your struggles. While internal transformation is often the key to lasting change, I also recognize the importance of addressing external factors that may be contributing to your distress.  In addition to traditional therapy techniques, I draw on my training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to provide practical tools and practices for regulating emotions, improving communication, navigating relationships, and fostering mindfulness. Furthermore, my 200-hour yoga and mindfulness teacher training has equipped me with additional resources to support your well-being.

I truly believe that healing is possible for everyone, and I will behonored to walk alongside you on your journey towards wholeness. If you're ready to take the first step towards a more fulfilling life, I invite you to reach out and schedule a session. Together, we can embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation.  I'm here to help you navigate life's challenges with grace and resilience.

When I am not in sessions or having fun finding opportunities for continuing education, I am at home with my wife and daughter, our dog, and two cats.  I enjoy playing music, martial arts, being outdoors, and cooking delicious nutritious food.

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