Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
10701 Corporate Dr., Ste 22
Stafford, TX 77477-4093
Private practice of psychotherapy
Faculties: Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston and the Houston Galveston Institute
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
I am a fifth-generation Texan who, like many of my heroes, grew up in a fundamentalist Christian environment which I have since exchanged for a much more open and positive humanism. I married my wife, Chrys, in 1976 and she is my best buddy even now. We have three adult sons. I was educated in several colleges and universities before completing the Taos Institute-Tilburg University Ph.D. program in June of 2011. Currently I have a busy psychotherapy practice in a suburb of Houston, Texas. I teach academic and clinical courses in the M.S. in Psychology program of Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston. In my dissertation I report on a qualitative research project in which I studied current students' experience of supervision as they move through the OLLU training program. Every Tuesday morning is spent writing a manuscript tentatively called a student's guide to supervision. If it is true that members of a defined community create knowledge together in ongoing conversation together, then it seems that faculty should encourage a more assertive and engaged role in that learning on the part of beginning students who are usually feeling anxious. A supervisor is never only influencing, but also constantly being influenced by that ongoing interaction.
I have been in the helping professions since the early 70s and began graduate level training in 1975. I began working with a group practice in the Galleria in 1987 before moving to Fort Bend County and my current private practice in 1997. I have a Masters degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Ph.D. through the Taos Institute/Tilburg University (Netherlands). The international doctoral program allowed me to work with colleagues all over the world. Marriage and family therapy is my primary focus although I still work mainly with individuals, like most of my colleagues. I have noticed, however, that it takes a steady hand and some life experience to be helpful to couples going through a crisis. Most couples, like most individuals, have little real awareness of the real potential of their relationship. Relationships will always be challenging and can also be transformative, depending upon one’s openness to growing as a person and as a partner.
My responsibilities as a member of the faculties of Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston and the Houston Galveston Institute inspire me to continue learning. Teaching adults in a Masters of Science in Psychology program motivates me to keep up with current trends and research in the field of psychotherapy. I will mention some of the important conclusions of that work in my practice philosophy below.
Over the years I have learned a great deal from military veterans about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. We have learned that even the mildest trauma can sometimes change a person for good or ill. It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to work with men and women who have served in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other places around the world. This work has helped me in my work with members of our various law enforcement agencies.
A growing part of my practice is work with other professionals in the fields of medicine and law. Often colleagues in those disciplines feel like there is no safe and confidential place to go to deal with personal issues. I am committed to creating and maintaining such a place for them. In addition, I have enjoyed working with corporate executives and managers who live with vast responsibilities and also chronic stress. I want my legacy to include giving back to those who work to keep things running for all the rest of us.