Welcome to Gonzaga. Gonzaga University is a great place to work and study. I graduated from Idaho State University in Counselor Education and Counseling and my specialty is in couple and family counseling. I serve as the director of the marriage and family counseling program and as the director of our site-based Master of Counselling program.

I teach from an experiential framework, believing that we learn by doing. I love to engage students and professional in a learning environment that invites them to have an emotional experience with the material. I like to generate knowledge together and add that to our experiences that we bring with us. I teach counseling theories, pre-practicum and practicum, and courses in the area of couples and family counseling such as intro, special topics, advanced family systems, theories of couples counseling, human sexuality and prevention and parent education. My personal theory of counseling is based on Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy. One of my favorite lines is "When we feel insecure we cope, and when we feel secure we produce." 

I believe that we all have a responsibility to build our profession. I am an active member of the Washington Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. I enjoy offering workshops, trainings, and presentations to professionals in the field.

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My wife, Cami, and I have 5 wonderful kids. Braunson and Beaudry are 14 years old and they are in the 8th grade. Maci and Cooper are 11 years old and they are now in 5th grade. Preslie is our youngest and she is 8. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family going on bike rides and road trips. We enjoy Spokane and the area because of the access to many different lakes, campgrounds, and parks.
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