Everyone has a story. And everyone is the expert writer, producer, and director of their own story. Stories have power. The power to heal and destroy.
Some life stories are comedies filled with good times. Some life stories are horror flicks filled with anger, anxiety, addiction, and destruction. I have lived both comedy and tragedy. We need both. So how do we balance these stories?
I founded “Bubba Counseling” in 2020 to help people (male individuals and couples) learn to tell their stories. I teach people to embrace their role as the writer/producer/director of their life stories. I teach people to embrace the past and build for the future by telling and writing their story,
I received a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in May 2006. I have worked in the counseling field as a private practitioner, clinical supervisor, clinical program developer & director, eLearning producer, and compliance manager. My therapeutic programs have been nationally recognized by JCAHO and NAMI.
I provide non-blaming, non-judgmental, and collaborative counseling services, affectionately called “Bubba Counseling”, to male individuals and couples whose lives have been ripped apart due to loss/grief, relational conflict, and shattered dreams. Unresolved pain and fear from “doin’ life” fuels anger and addictive behaviors that destroy relationships and turn life into a cardboard dirt sandwich with a side of sawdust.
I use Narrative Therapy to help people separate themselves (and their friends and family) from the problems that plague their life, allowing people to externalize their issues rather than internalize the problems. You are NOT the problem. Other people are NOT the problem. Problems are problems. Your problems do not define you. Your interpretation of your problems, the outcomes of your problems, and your attempts to solve your problems heavily influence your identity, self-esteem, emotional stability, and how you react behaviorally.
I also use Existential, Rational-Emotive Behavioral, Client-Centered, and Gestalt Therapy techniques to help you become an expert of YOU while embracing your values, dreams, skills, and desires to live the life that you designed. It can happen. And you know it.
Together we identify solutions to problems via alternative stories of your past, present, and future life, widen and balance your view of yourself, provide you with an authentic purpose in life, challenge old and unhealthy beliefs with new and more accurate conceptions, and open your mind to new ways of “doin’ life” that reflect a more accurate and healthier story of you.
If you’re looking to figure out how to cope with, problem-solve, and communicate more effectively with the people in your life then let’s get started today. I am licensed in Illinois (180007062) and work exclusively with Illinois residents.