THE PEOPLE I WORK BEST WITH APPRECIATE MY:
Ability to Normalize Their Struggles: You are probably feeling like something is wrong with you. But in my experience, your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors make sense in your context. My clients appreciate how we work together to understand why they do what they do and how they can try some new things.
Sense of Humor: I'll help make sure we approach your struggles with enough lightheartedness to keep things in perspective. Life is hard enough; let's not make therapy any harder than it has to be!
Love of Neuroscience: I love learning and sharing all that I can about how our brains work. Sometimes our brains get stuck in old or unhelpful patterns. The good news is that you and I can re-wire yours!
Lumos is a (Harry Potter inspired) variation on the Latin word for light. When I was creating a vision of what my practice could be, themes of light and darkness inspired me greatly. Here are a few of my favorites:
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown
“If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
― Psalm 139:11-12 (NRSV)
Last but not least, here are the more formal details you may be looking for or want to know. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Then, I headed to Louisville, KY to earn a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master’s degree in Religion from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Afterwards, I worked for several years with teens, young adults, and their families, especially ones who had been or were currently involved in the foster care system. I followed my wife back to her Alma Mater, Presbyterian College in 2014, and have been settling into South Carolina ever since. I’ve continued to work with families, teens, and young adults including counseling college students and teaching undergraduate level psychology courses. I’m especially passionate about supporting the LBGTQ+ community and helping people reprocess difficult experiences through a type of therapy called EMDR (which you can learn more about on the Services pages).