I grew up as the oldest of three in a close knit family in Maryland. We were close in an imperfect way, as all families are, but we were intentional together. My family was intentional in ways that my two siblings, my parents, and I would do a lot together. Our family would get together with other families, play games together, be part of our church’s activities together, and go on vacation with our extended family. Each Sunday after church we would always go to my grandparent’s house with our extended family and have Sunday dinner together. My family practices many of these values still today, despite changes that our lives bring. It was through having a close knit family that I valued relationships, although imperfect, and I loved seeing how healthy and intentional relationships can be.
Through my faith and love of relationships, God lead me into a year of ministry after high school to which I became a youth leader at a church. I learned the skills of leadership and working with teenagers, as well as their families. With the practical experience I transitioned back to school to learn about therapy, social work, rehabilitation and mental health counseling, and into marriage and family therapy. It is amazing how God took me step by step to the career I have today.
It was while I was in college I met and married my wife. My best friend was marrying my wife’s best friend, and they “matched” us up in the wedding party together. We married in June 2013, I graduated with my undergraduate degree in December 2013, and we started our lives together in Florida, where my wife is from. From there I completed my graduate degree at the University of South Florida in Marriage and Family Therapy, where I feel I received first class training for the privilege I get to do today.
I live with my wife and 2 young boys, who keep us very busy. We enjoy traveling and have visited wonderful places such as Ireland, B.C, Canada, Washington, Sacramento, San Francisco, and LA, California, as well as Florida many times (my wife’s family). Fun fact, when traveling to California, I drove across the country from St Petersburg, Florida to Sacramento, CA by myself in a car packed full of our belongings in 3 days. My wife flew there with our boys. We love traveling and can’t wait to visit many more places!
Being in the field since 2010, I feel I have immersed myself in the helping field, working with those in with physical and mental disabilities, working with families in the dependency court system, the mental health field, as well as marriage and family therapy. I approach therapy with empathy, consistency, and a positive regard for others. Whatever walk of life or stage of life anyone is in, I am happy to work alongside them to help reach a goal they desire and improve their quality of life!