Making that first phone call to a professional counselor takes some courage. It feels risky. Perhaps it will end up being nothing more than a waste of time and effort.
- Will he “get” me and my problems?
- Do I really need to pay a counselor when I can just talk with a friend?
- Will this be just me talking to a kind person who has nothing to offer me except some sympathy?
I get it. Most of my life was spent struggling on my own to figure life out, and I did pretty well with it. Until I couldn’t. I was overwhelmed with life and felt trapped. A professional counselor helped me get unstuck. And then later in life, I reached out to another therapist, and he helped me see my life in a much deeper, healthier way.
I now work primarily with men, couples, and adolescents; however, I will work with anyone who wants to work on his or her inner life. It is my sacred honor to do so.
I have experienced a variety of challenges in my life, and I have learned that I cannot do life on my own. 26 years of marriage. 26 years teaching in K-12 schools. 21 years of parenting. Caring for a severely-disabled child. Midlife struggles with health, finances, faith, and family. Writing a book and workbook. Making a major career change. Processing past traumas. It’s been a good but very hard life so far, and it’s only with loads of help along the way.
I believe in having a rugged optimism. In other words, I believe that while life is very hard, God is very good, and a meaningful, fulfilling life is worth fighting for. For me a good life is more about being well than doing great things or having “the good life” as defined by society.
As a counselor, I am committed to helping others face their troubles with greater honesty and increasing resiliency. I am unafraid of the big challenges that clients are facing, whether it is depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger, addictions, financial troubles, marital strife, parenting problems, or dealing with a mental health disorder.
I am unafraid of whatever trouble may come because I believe in the power of love, truth, faith, and family. As a Christian, I believe that God loves to make beautiful things out of broken things and no person’s life is beyond redemption. Hope can be found for anyone seeking help. Professional counseling is a powerful catalyst for making positive changes.
In order to meet the varied needs of the men, the teenagers, and the couples I see, I incorporate aspects of the following theories in my practice: interpersonal process, trauma-informed therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), internal family systems (IFS), and emotionally focused therapy (EFT).
- M.A. in Counseling, Missouri Baptist University
- M.A. in Communications, Lindenwood University
- B.A. in English, Baylor University
- PLPC (Missouri), supervised by Dr. Clint Limoges, LPC #2016031493
“Andy has been a huge blessing to my life. I have faced so much childhood trauma, and he has walked by my side teaching me, giving me tools, and praying with me to get through the bipolar disorder that I face each day. Andy has been a phenomenal counselor and teacher when my thoughts were flawed. He has helped me with care and is not ashamed of being bold in correction with a loving hand along the way. He has helped me to change into the man that my family needs.” – male, 27
“Andy has been instrumental in my recovery from PTSD. He’s a good listener and cares a lot. He always remembers the little details of things we discussed on prior visits. He gave me effective tools that I still use to this day. I highly recommend Andy.” – male, 43