A psychologist who will not just tell you what you want to hear.
My primary clinical interests are in the assessment realm. I want to provide diagnostic clarification, risk assessment and expert forensic consultation first and foremost. I believe that world-class mental health care can be delivered no matter where it is occurring.
As for therapy, I am really only interested in helping men become whatever idealized version of themselves they want to be--provided it is conistent with a Christian worldview. Therapy has been, for too many years focused on a hyper-feminized way of approaching life's difficulties that is primarily affective-emotive at the expense of more rational problem solving techniques. This is the root of why, when men go to things like couples counseling, they generally feel that the therapist is on her side. The man's entire way of thinking is devalued and dismissed. This has happened by essentially painting men and their natural proclivites as defective women.
Masculinity, as a social construct anyway, is in an unstable state of flux. I will not presume to tell you what a "real man" is, or that you are doing it wrong. I will, however, give you permission to explore ancient, typically masculine concepts like accountability, yiedling to authority and hierarchies, calculated risk taking, sacrificing for a greater cause, controlled strength, stoicism, justice and honor--without shame.
My first ten years in the mental health field were as an enlisted soldier, where I provided inpatient care to the armys most severely mentally ill soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. From then I went back to graduate school to complete my Ph.D and become a clinical psychologist.
While on my first deployment to Afghanistan, I become proficient at delivering brief goal-oriented therapy in the battlespace for soldiers experiencing what the army calls "Combat Operational Stress Reaction" (COSR).
I still have a heart for the traumatized and therefore I am interested in picking up and helping individuals who want to grow from their experience, rather than let it define them negatively.
My wife Mychael, and our four children moved here to Montana after I "retired" from the army.