Everyone has their unique rock bottom. Mine was in a jail cell while potentially facing years in prison. Up until that point, I thought I had done things right. I was an outspoken atheist. I chased money, women, and alcohol. And while I achieved many of my life goals, I still felt unhappy and unfulfilled. I followed the life map of many people I admired, and when I got to the destination, I found it worse than where I had started.
As I hit my knees that day on the cold jail cell floor, I said these exact words, “God, I don’t know if you are real, but if you are, I will devote my life to serving you.” The next thing I remember is waking up to a blinding white light that slowly faded away. For the first time in my life, I felt true peace. And at the same time, I was crushed with guilt for how wrong I had been for not believing in God —and for the disgusting way I had lived my life.
Eventually, the criminal charges against me were dismissed, and God didn’t waste any time by not using me. God brought multiple people to me daily to pray with and counsel. Soon, God provided instruction and guidance under the gracious care of my Pastor and his wife. I knew God had directed me to counsel others, and I started that journey.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then Summa Cum Laude with a master’s degree and doctorate degree in Christian counseling. I’m currently attending graduate school for a master’s degree in social work. I’m board-certified in Christian counseling and board-certified in mental health coaching. I’m currently a licensed clinical Christian counselor, a licensed clinical chaplain, and an ordained minister. I’ve worked professionally as a crisis counselor doing suicide intervention. I’m also a member in good standing with the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
I’m counseling people because it’s the way God designed me, and I started this ministry because I’m following God’s calling. God has plans for all of us, and His plan is for us to prosper and flourish. But sin hinders what God has intended for our lives. While I can’t know precisely what you’re going through, I do know there’s hope for wholeness through Christ.
My mission is to help people reach their full potential in Christ.
If you took the time to read this, you are the person I want to talk to.