M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy, Western Seminary
M.S. Pastoral Counseling, Evangelical Theological Seminary
CERTIFICATIONS | MEMBERSHIPS:
Certified Sexual & Multiple Addiction Therapist, IITAP 2008C-0575 (CSAT and CMAT)
Certified Partner Trauma Therapist, IITAP (CPTT)
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
AREAS OF FOCUS:
Family of Origin Issues
Grief and Loss
Steve is passionate about collaborating with you in moving your life towards a more whole, productive and vibrant self. He will assist you, being directive when appropriate, but with grace and patient sensitivity.
As a senior clinician, Steve counseled people both inside and outside the church, and has been doing so since 1992. Prior to completing his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at 42, Steve practiced as a Pastoral Counselor. As a twenty-something he began a career as a Chemist in Industry while raising a family, gaining real world experience. Steve and his wife birthed and led ministries as they dated and then began their early careers.
Steve loves to help individuals, couples, families and churches develop their communication skills; and thereby, improve their relationships and overall family and organizational lives. He has an easy relaxed style, caring heart that also allows him to speak straight when there is need.
Working with couples, Steve is zealous to repair and rebuild; he regularly does premarital and marital therapy assisted by the well-researched Prepare-Enrich online assessment. He is very involved in assisting you with general identity, women’s and men’s issues, and reducing anxiety and depression through accessing the self. In addition, Steve often assists you or your loved ones with identity in God development or strengthening; as well as, gender issues, dysmorphic, attraction or other sexual minority identity issues.
Steve was trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes and hold Certifications in Sexual and Multiple Addictions from the IITAP, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. He is also a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist and is trained in Attachment-Focused EMDR by the Parnell Institute.
As he is well experienced in treatment of anxiety, trauma and addictions, he aptly works with varied compulsive habits including alcohol, drugs, pornography, sex, gambling, money and food.
Please also contact Steve as consultant, as he works with individuals, groups and organizations whether onsite or offsite (through video chat) providing consulting or coaching in order to help you to solve various relational, motivational or team developmental situations.