Stronghold Counseling Services, Inc.

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First, I would like to say thanks for choosing me. I would like to take this time to give you a chance to get to know who you have chosen. My story starts in Denver, Colorado where I grew up. I got a crazy God-given opportunity to go to one of the best college prep high schools in the state of Colorado. In 1978, I was one of two black seniors to graduate with that senior class. That was only achieved because of the love, tenacity, and persistence of my Grandmother.

The next big step, I moved from Colorado to Kansas to attend Sterling College. This was a faith-based school. At the time I didn’t really care about that, I was there to play basketball. The problem was God had a different idea. My sophomore year, He sicced an Ethiopian hound dog on my soul. This hound dog lovingly and doggedly pursued and persisted. In other words, he wore me out. In the spring semester, I submitted my life to Christ. That changed my whole trajectory!

Next, on the way back from Phoenix, Arizona during spring break, my best friend flipped our car. In between the twilight of that night and the stillness of an accident, God calls me to Seminary. I was called to a place named Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I had no idea where the city or the state was. I spent two beautifully challenging years studying both God’s Word and family psychology at what is known now as Sioux Falls Seminary in 1985.

Only due to caring provocation by my professors I applied for my doctorate at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion. Despite my advisor’s busy schedule, I got accepted, much to my surprise. Through an office fire and the death of my grandmother, I completed my doctorate in 1992. A year later I ended up in the hospital, sick to death literally. God called me to Stronghold. That call occurred while I was in ICU with an intubation tube in my throat, just so I couldn’t talk back. Through the doubt, fear, and trepidation, I started at Stronghold in 1994.

Along the way, I have secured a handful of credentials. I am licensed as an addiction therapist and have been since 1985. I am licensed as a marriage and family therapist since 1996 and AAMFT approved supervisor since 2001. In 1996 I became a licensed counseling psychologist. More importantly, the journey has afforded me the opportunity to become humbly great in understanding God’s grace, mercy, and His love. As a consequence, I also have become a gentle but truthful clinical supervisor and agency director.

I fundamentally believe what it says in 2 Corinthians 1:3. This states, “praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

As stated above, graceful living is the organizing theme of my practice. I strongly believe God will enable me to assist you in the enterprise of living. We all need to learn how to honestly and mercifully confront the problems of life in a manner that minimizes avoidance, defensiveness, and maximizes authentic, relating, and realistic problem solving.

I am also available for community outreach services, seminars, public information and educational services. Hope can be restored through experiencing God’s grace, love, and mercy.