Licensed Associate Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Daniel is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is a Combat Veteran, having served 13 years in the US Army then transitioned to working in Law Enforcement for several years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Christian Counseling from Liberty University before moving to Arkansas to attend John Brown University for graduate school. Daniel completed a dual Masters of Science degree from John Brown in Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Mental Health, and received a specialization in Play Therapy.
Daniel has a heart for couples and families, having been married for 30years to the wife of his youth, and their raising two adult daughters and one wonderful grandson. He has completed extensive post-graduate training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, his primary theoretical approach, with the focus being on attachment improvement. Significant research has demonstrated improvement in overall relational and life-satisfaction with the improvement of the family system, helping couples, parents, and families improve their relationships with self, each other, and others.
Daniel spent 10yrs providing lay-counseling to young men and young couples while serving in the US Army, as well as seeing couples professionally as a graduate intern, and now as a licensed therapist. Additionally he worked in two elementary schools, as well as a pediatric facility conducting mental health services to children age 3-17, parents, couples, and families. Daniel seeks to provide each client, every session with Hope.
During my teen years I decided I wanted to become a professional counselor, however it would take almost three decades to get there. I was honored to serve in the US Military, marry a wonderful woman, and have two wonderful daughters. I chose to depart the military and worked in law enforcement for several years; a wonderful, though often stressful, experience. Due to medical reasons I had to find a new career, remembering my childhood dream. I have no words to express how much I enjoy helping others in what is often their most tumultuous aspect of life: relationships. My heart truly goes out to couples and families. In my own life, when marriage is great, life is great. After 30yrs of marriage there have been countless hills-and-valleys, and the valleys tend to make all aspects of daily life challenging. I have provided young-adult couples pre-marital therapy, as well as seeing couples in their mid-seventies who have been married half a century, and numerous couples in between. I believe in relational restoration, seeking to always provide clients with hope, even when I am the only one who may initially have it for them.
As a Veteran and former law enforcement officer, those in those areas of profession hold a special place in my heart. Military and First-Responder careers are challenging, often causing stress most of us may be unaware of how to handle, negatively impacting our most treasured relationships with our spouses and children. It brings joy to walk alongside others, helping them traverse through life’s burdens and growing in love for themselves and love for those in their lives. I take a very systemic approach to all counseling, focusing on all of their relationships with others, as well as with themselves. As people learn to love themselves, feel safe within their system (marriage, family, work, school, etc.) their life satisfaction greatly improves.