Marriage and Family Therapy is a distinctive field of professionals trained to assess and treat mental and emotional disorders. Utilizing our knowledge and understanding of the impact and influence of one's relationships on the self, we work with individuals, couples, and families to make lasting change. As relational beings, we don't live in a bubble and can't expect that "problems" develop alone...but rather in the context of relationships with others. Together, we can learn the ways to develop a better understanding of whom you are, set personal goals, and work toward the desired change you want for yourself and your relationships.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park University (2004) while serving in the Air Force from 1999-2004. I completed my Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas in 2006. I was previously licensed in Texas as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapy-Associate until I relocated to Dayton, Ohio in 2011.
I currently hold a license as an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (F.1800082). I am a Clinical Fellow with American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of settings and cultures. I have experience working with impoverished/low-income families, military adults/families, children/youth in school settings, adults, and older adults going through difficult times and transitions.
I have a passion for helping couples be successful in their relationship. The majority of my practice is marriage/couples counseling. I work with couples in premarriage counseling, couples struggling in the early years of their relationship, and assisting couples in later years of their relationships.
I have completed Level 3 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. This method of therapy is grounded in over four decades of research and integrates research-based interventions that aim to increase respect, affection, and closeness. I provide couples the opportunity to participate in the Gottman Method by taking the Enhanced Gottman Relationship Checkup, a questionnaire consisting of 337 questions about friendship, intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, and trust, as well as parenting, housework, finances, individual areas of concern, and more. My wife and I are trained educators of the widely-popular "Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" and "Bringing Baby Home" workshops developed by The Gottman Institute. Check available workshop dates here.
I served as a member of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (http://cswmft.ohio.gov/) for two years (2015-2017), with the final year as Chair of the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Standards Committee. I am committed to protecting the public and providing professional treatment to my clients.
Jennifer and I have been married for 17 years, and have four wonderful children.
- Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Ohio MFT Network
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