I completed my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2013. I earned my Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. I have nearly 10 years of experience (including Masters and Doctoral practicums and internships) counseling individuals, couples, and groups with sex and sexuality issues, as well as counseling families and couples with a variety of concerns (including domestic violence) and children and adolescents with behavior and learning disorders.  I also have experience working with college students seeking career counseling. I am also licensed as a supervisor for Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) through the State of Michigan.  I am a full time, tenure track professor in the Graduate Psychology and Counseling Department at Andrews University.  I have presented locally, regionally, and nationally on various aspects of my research to my peers more than 10 times over the last five years.

I have found in my counseling experience that successful results from counseling require clients to take an active role in the treatment process by participating in treatment goal setting and keeping the change process alive by completing homework assignments between counseling sessions. All counseling approaches require us to build an honest, trusting, and respectful relationship with each other.