Jeff brings 22 years of training and experience to the clinical services of Grace & Truth. He earned a Master’s in Counseling, Cum Laude, 1989 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where one of the fathers of Christian Counseling, Gary Collins, Ph.D was on faculty. Since 1989 Jeff has served in a variety of counseling roles including primary therapist and team leader for inpatient and day treatment mental health programs for adolescents and their families, as clinical director of a national therapeutic foster care agency, and nearly 15 years in private practice that often overlapped with his agency work. He holds an independent license as a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor and has educated and trained a number of Masters level students and interns.
In a sentence Jeff’s creed is “God’s way works and perseverance wins the race.“ Former clients describe him as intense and tenacious; one who challenges and pushes them to work as hard or harder on their goals as anything they’ve ever tackled in life. In this way Jeff’s influence on Grace & Truth reflects the tenacity of Jesus Christ who did not shrink from the difficult mission He came to earth to complete. Thus, his attitude throughout a counseling process is that “Failure is not an option.”
“I take my client’s desire to get results very seriously, and I work to help this happen as efficiently and thoroughly as possible. After asking permission to push and challenge them, I roll up my sleeves with the attitude that failure is not an option. I refuse to see any problem as impossible, and I’m pretty aggressive about helping clients to overcome self-imposed limits in their thinking or behavior. Nothing thrills me more than to help people develop lasting solutions and to equip them with skills they can continue to use outside of my office to live an abundant life, and to help others to do the same.
To serve people during some of life’s worst moments is a sacred privilege that I take very seriously. When a client really wants to accomplish a goal, whether it is to heal from mental or emotional difficulties, to grow and change in their relationships or to accomplish a goal in their life or leadership responsibilities, they’ll find me to be tireless and tenacious as a helper in the pursuit of their goal(s).”