As a Licensed Professional Counselor I specialize in men’s issues, marriage counseling, and sexual abuse recovery. Though in my 10 years of experience, I’ve walked with many people through a broad range of very important personal and relational struggles. I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. And received further training at The Allender Center on issues related to trauma and abuse. Along with my experience in private practice, I cut my teeth as a therapist by leading men’s wilderness trips for Mars Hill Bible Church.
I tell my wife, Amanda, all the time I love what I do. My passion for this work also comes out of my own personal journey as a man, husband, and father. I’ve spent enough time on the other side of the couch to know that bad counseling can damage people but good counseling can change your life. It did mine. I can also thank my wife of 11 years for the opportunity to smoke what I sell. When I’m not counseling, I’m either writing, Crossfitting, mountain biking, or playing with my two sons, Brandt and Simon.
“Sam has been a friend of mine for several years. I encouraged him to take up a private practice, and I would send my friends and my sons to him.”
John Eldredge, author of Wild at Heart
My Approach to Counseling
Put simply, we are going to help you find your heart again. Your heart is the real you. Its the place you dream and desire, love and hurt. I want to help you heal and live from your deepest, truest heart.
A set of steps or behavior modifications alone can’t change a person. Self help advice doesn’t do it either. If we don’t engage your heart, you won’t change. But if we do, you can transform your experience of life and your view of yourself. I believe we are all deeply shaped by the desires we have, the relationships we hold, and the experiences we endure, whether good or bad or both. In theoretical terms, this means I am an existential, attachment, and narrative therapist.
What this means for you is that I will listen to your story, helping you discover where you lost heart in life through the pain of damaging events and harm of close people. And how you learned to cope with your suffering.
You must also know that I deeply embrace the good of psychology while maintaining a strong commitment to Jesus and a Christian way of seeing life.
What Is Counseling Like?
So is counseling like having coffee or a beer with a friend and talking about life? Or more like going to a doctor who listens to symptoms and gives a diagnosis?
Well, sort of both.
I will give you all the wisdom my education, training, and experience can offer to help you make sense of your struggles. But insight and understanding can only get you so far. That’s why I will also care for you and support you through the toughest stuff of your life. Its been said, we are wounded in relationships and we must heal in relationships. I want to be one of those healing relationships for you. I want to care about you, not just diagnose you.
And though we can’t sit in Starbucks, bring your coffee. I’ll certainly have mine.