Moving Forward – working to heal the divide

Moving Forward – working to heal the divide

The results of this past weeks election have put a new exclamation mark on the sense of divide that has been growing in our country over the past few years. I keep asking myself: What should I have done? How should I move forward? How do we heal the divide? It’s tempting to get into discussions about politics, however I’m not a political analyst.  I’m […]

Read More

Therapy, Wilderness and Scouts

There is something really therapeutic about just being outdoors. Hiking, swimming, climbing, backpacking, boating…it doesn’t matter, being out in God’s creation can be incredibly healing and building. One thing that has really stuck out to me as I’ve met clinicians from outdoor wilderness programs is how many of them have a background in Scouts. I haven’t kept count, but probably between 2/3 and 3/4 of […]

Read More

New Beginnings

I’m not really sure how this happened. I’m currently in a plane, over the grand canyon, on my way to Las Vegas for a conference that combines two of my favorite things: therapy and the wilderness. It’s fitting really. My journey to becoming a counselor began 19 years ago when I took a job as a counselor at a Boy Scout Camp. I loved working […]

Read More 2 Comments

The Gun Control Debate is Missing the Point

The tragedy in Newtown is a little over three months old, and talk in the wake of that tragedy has largely devolved into the need for more or less guns. The need for better mental health services got some good lip service, but most of the “solutions” I’ve seen passed and proposed offer little more than the duty to warn laws already on the books […]

Read More 1 Comment

Violent Video Games: some brief thoughts from a father and counselor

The topic of violent video games is one that has become a hot issue since the Newton tragedy.  As a counselor, father and gamer I find the whole thing interesting and also a little perplexing. Shortly after Newtown I wrote this post on ign, a gaming website, and given the recent government and media attention to the matter I thought I’d post it here: Personally, […]

Read More

Learning to Listen: Beginning to find answers

Like the rest of the country, I feel like I’ve been in a state of moderate shock since the events at Sandy Hoook Elementary. Like many of you the tragedy of 20 dead children, about the same ages as my little girls, has me asking so many questions: How did this happen? Were there any warning signs? Could anything have been done? Could this happen […]

Read More

Giving less

Giving less

And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, […]

Read More

State Licensed!

It’s (almost) official.  I received word from the board of Professional Counselors and Therapists last week that I passed the final test needed to become a State Licensed Professional Counselor and should receive my license in the mail in the next two weeks! Now that classes, licensing, and career moves are (hopefully) done for a while I’m hoping to blog more…a lot more.  I essentially […]

Read More 2 Comments

A New Adventure

As you may have heard, I am wrapping up my wonderful two years at Vital Sources.  It was a wonderful place to practice, with great therapists, who are even better people.  I will miss them a lot.  It’s been a sad time saying goodbye, to people who mean so much to me, but I was offered an opportunity that I had to at least try […]

Read More

The New Job

I left you hanging a couple weeks ago after talking about accepting a job offer.  I will be working at Vital Sources, a small private Christian counseling center in Frederick, Maryland.  I will be primarily working with adolescents and young adults providing counseling services.  In addition I will have/am hoping to have a number of other roles including assessment, and consulting for churches.  I can’t say […]

Read More 4 Comments