I am an LPC (licensed professional counselor), and I office in Tyler, Texas on South Broadway (behind the Slim Chicken). Appointments can be made at 903 561 8955.
I am also a minister/speaker/consultant and discipl-er, but this page is devoted to my role as a counselor and therapist.
Making the decision to come to counseling (as well as the counseling process itself) can be very difficult, so here is some information about me that will hopefully help you make your decision wisely with all the information you need:
My style of therapy is generally called “eclectic” which really just means I make use of many different styles and techniques of counseling. Before I get into those, though, it is important to note that I am (and everything thing I do is founded on being a) follower of Jesus into Life and death, and Life again. According to those who called names in Antioch, that makes me a Christian. I think the most important thing in life is to have a right relationship with our Creator. It would be impossible to over-estimate philosophically how important it would be for a creating thing to know its creator. Of the major views on this problem, only Christianity has been able to offer what I consider the most reasonable answers. So, with that understanding, I am a Christian therapist. However, as a style I am not exclusively what is called a “biblical counselor” nor do I offer counseling only for other Christians. Not at all. I agree with the way I was taught: I expose my faith, but am careful not to impose my faith on my clients. It isn’t always an easy integration, but that is my goal.
The main way that my faith and philosophy impact my counseling is in regards to truth. I belief in truth and in its power to set us free (John 8:31). I think it is vitally important for everyone to be able to acknowledge the truth about their lives – this point is also made in Orwell’s “1984” when it is noted that true freedom begins with the freedom to speak the truth. Until we can say what we know is true, we are still bound.
I make use of reality therapy techniques, Gestalt work, psychotherapy, Jungian archetypes, personality theory, paradoxical work, REBT, transactional analysis, and virtually anything else I come across that works. I believe that each human being is so complex and unique that no one therapeutic theory covers everyone.
Generally, I talk to people for about 50 minutes in the session, but the real work comes in the hours of integration in-between sessions. I encourage people to deal with the past and not ignore it – to speak the truth about their past. This is not about living in the past. Understanding, speaking and accepting the truth about our past is a work of the present. I also encourage people to face the present and future honestly. Reality therapy becomes vital when dealing with the present.
I think that many more people could really benefit from counseling than get it. It takes a certain level of emotional health to be able to risk coming in. Coming to counseling the first time can be pretty tough, so I applaud anyone strong enough to do it, especially those who are able to come in before they are in stage 4 sickness… Counseling isn’t meant to last forever, so come in with some specific goals and you and I will work together to identify and deal with those and any others that arise.
Final words for this section: beware of coming in for counseling when it is storming and the roof is leaking, and then quitting when the rain quits rather than when the roof is repaired.
Blessings… any questions?