I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, graduated from Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri, and served in the U. S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and Neuropsychiatric Technician. I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln after completing an internship at the Palo Alto, California, Veteran’s Administration Hospital.
Before coming to Oregon, I served as Director of Counseling and Associate Professor of Psychology at Lewis–Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho. During that time, I also served as President of the Idaho Psychological Association and Chair of Idaho’s psychology licensing board.
For over twenty-five years, I maintained a licensed psychologist practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon and now work from a home office located between Lake Oswego and West Linn. I am certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Counseling Psychology and Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology and am a Past-President of the American Board of Counseling Psychology.
I am certified as a Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Supervisor with the Albert Ellis Institute, New York. I am also a peer reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trainer and a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Additionally, I am designated a Master Addiction Counselor by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC).
I was a founding board member of SMART Recovery® (Self-Management And Recovery Training). Though I do not myself believe in the supernatural, I served eight years, ending in 2008, as Chair of the Religious & Spiritual Issues Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapy.
I have authored, or co-authored, over three dozen articles and book chapters on a wide variety of psychological issues and have served on the editorial board of the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I have written a popular self-help pamphlet titled, How to Stop Driving Yourself Crazy® with Help from Christian Scriptures, available as a free download at (http://www.rebt.org/help_bible.pdf) or by request.
My wife and I are the parents of two adult daughters.