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.
- 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 anymore. 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 work mostly with adults, couples, and adolescents who have had very difficult lives and who want to make changes to improve their lives.
I have experienced a variety of challenges in my life, and I have learned that I cannot do life on my own. 27 years of marriage and teaching in K-12 schools. 22 years of parenting and caring for a severely-disabled child. Midlife struggles with health, finances, faith, and family. Writing a book. Making a major career change in my late 40s. It’s been a difficult but rewarding life so far. For me, one of the keys has been to have a rugged optimism. It means getting knocked down 7 times and getting up 8.
As a counselor, I am committed to helping others face their troubles with greater honesty and 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.
As a Christian, I believe that God loves to make beautiful things out of broken things, and no person’s life is ever hopeless. Life is hard, but God is good, all the time.
Professional counseling can be a powerful catalyst for making positive life changes. In order to meet the varied needs of adults, teenagers, and couples, 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).
I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for dealing with past traumas that have not healed fully.
- 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
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
“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