I believe that when a person leaves therapy, they shouldn’t just have the tools to manage the issues that brought them there, but the resilience to accept and handle whatever else life has in store for them. In my practice, I help individuals become more mentally flexible. Whereas physical flexibility is about movement, mental flexibility is about stillness. When the outside world seems to be pulling us in a hundred different directions or crumbling beneath our feet; when our internal world is trembling with fear, overwhelmed with heartache, numbed by depression, or enslaved to an addiction, we can develop the ability to be still. In that stillness, we can sort through the chaos to find what is most important, and act. I strive for a calm, but engaging atmosphere where you can rediscover that no matter what is happening around you, or inside of you, you always have the ability to choose and to act.
I am typically working through two or three books at any given time. My favorite subjects include history, philosophy, fiction, science and psychology, all of which influence the work I do in therapy. I particularly enjoy the imaginative world of J.R.R. Tolkien, the storytelling of John Steinbeck, and the fascinating insight into the human brain provided by Dr. Oliver Sacks. However, the most impactful book I have read recently is Resilience by Eric Greitens.
I find rest and exercise my creativity through music, writing, and cooking. As an introvert, I seek solitude in the outdoors whenever possible through camping, hiking, or trail running. I find spiritual refreshment through my involvement at Crossroads Church and love spending time with my wife and three children.