Influences & Qualifications

Theoretical Influences

Alfred Adler (Adlerian Psychology) and Heinz Kohut (Psychology of the Self) are the two primary influences that inform my approach to psychotherapy. In Adler we find the affirmation of every person’s inherent will to achieve fulfillment. While the obstacles to such achievement may be significant, one is never beyond the help that can come from proper encouragement. Kohut takes Adler’s idea of encouragement further by showing how the particular dynamics within the therapeutic relationship itself strengthen one’s confidence, self expression and self knowledge. Kohut’s ideas have made a world-wide impact on the practice of psychotherapy today.

Qualifications & Training

Licensure.   I am licensed by the State of Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (lcpc). This license grants me the freedom to practice independently. It also holds me accountable to highest level of professional and ethical standards.

Masters in Counseling Psychology.   This degree was awarded from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois. The Adler School provided me with substantive training in Adlerian Psychology as well as the other major therapy modalities (cognitive-behavioral, family systems, etc.).

Doctorate in Transformative Education.   This degree was awarded from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. It reflects my interest in the connections between emotional support and personal transformation. This area of study continues to inform my work as a therapist, consultant and educator.

Masters of Divinity.   This degree was awarded from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. It reflects my interest in the ways in which religious experience connects to the human need for belonging and life-meaning. My background in the church helps me to connect effectively with clients who come with a particular religious history or religious struggle.

“The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature for every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.”
Alfred Adler