I am a Christian couples and family therapist who is passionate about helping couples improve their relationships. I also have a mission to help those suffering the pain of loss from the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship due to break-up or divorce, or any of the many life changes that result in the tangle of emotions we term ‘grief.’
My interest in helping people in these areas stems not from intellectual curiosity alone, but from experiencing the highs and lows of over 35 years of marriage, as well as experiencing first-hand the loss of a child (our daughter, Gayle, who was a victim of the shooting at Northern Illinois University in 2008).
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the western suburbs of Chicago, as well as a Grief Recovery Method Specialist who has led Grief Recovery Method support groups and worked one-on-one to help grieving people since 2009. I have worked clinically as well as provided education and support to people suffering from losses including death, divorce, job loss, pet loss, estrangement, infertility and infidelity. I also have helped people overcome problems manifesting in depression, anxiety, attention deficit, panic attacks, PTSD, anger, procrastination and spiritual issues.
In my personal life, I am a devoted husband, father, grandfather and follower of Christ. I am an avid reader, and love to take walks and hike, drink iced coffee, go on bicycle rides with my wife, and travel. I also write and am the author of Cartwheels in the Rain: Finding faith in the wake of the unthinkable, as well as online articles.