Doug received his Master’s Degree from UW-Whitewater, focusing on Trauma and Marriage & Family Counseling. He has a wide variety of experiential background. After his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, he completed his Master of Divinity Degree. He served in a parish setting for 24 years as a Pastor and Pastoral Counselor. He is still currently serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard as the State Command Chaplain (COL), working with our Airmen and Soldiers of the Army & Air Guard, having been mobilized for Operation Noble Eagle, and deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Doug has experience working with a wide range of clients. He specializes in Marriage and Family Dynamics, Blended Families, Remarriage, Military personnel and families, those desiring to overcome Trauma in their background (including current anxiety), grief/loss, communication/conflict resolution, stress management, parent counseling/education, and Spiritual counseling. He has additional training in Divorce Recovery, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), PREP (Prevention & Relationship Enhancement Program), PREPARE/ENRICH, Franklin Covey Trained Presenter and has completed the foundational courses in CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management).
Philosophy & Approach:
My personal belief and approach to therapeutic counseling comes from the foundation of the client/therapist relationship. I work to build a healthy and ongoing relationship of trust and understanding with the client. In my sessions I work around the three-stage model: Exploration, insight, and action. I will not judge you in your thoughts, understanding or behavior. As a therapist that is not my place. I will encourage you to tell me your story and work to help you understand yourself through that process. I will listen empathetically as I learn about your value system, your feelings and what is currently standing in your way of peace, stability and wholeness. Within the three-stage model I work primarily from a “systems theorist and therapy” approach seeing you as an individual who is a sum of your background, your understanding, your values (including spirituality), your experience, and your personality. I believe everyone experiences times of challenge in their life and when our coping system is overwhelmed we need help. My approach as a systems theorist and therapist, my training and life experience, allows me to approach each individual – couple – family, as unique and special.
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