Steve has over 40 years of experience in the counseling and therapy field. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and clinical social worker. He works with adults, young adults, and teens who are challenged by emotional distress, including: anxiety, depression, anger, grief and loss, perfectionism, feelings of inadequacy, issues of sexual identity and orientation, spiritual and religious quandaries, and relationship challenges. He takes a holistic and systemic perspective into his work, meaning that he sees everything connected to everything else – connections between body, mind and spirit – thoughts emotions and behavior – past, present and future, and people connected to their relationships.
The way Steve works is to trust and tap into the resources and wisdom of his clients. Depending on the issues being addressed the focus may be on practical problem-solving, emotional support, or processing significant experiences. When needed or wanted, the work may also be more in-depth; to help clients understanding their beliefs, emotions, and behavior patterns and their origins, that while hidden from consciousness, are often the source of so much discouragement and unhappiness. Bringing these to light enables clients to begin the process of reorienting to a more valid and encouraging view of self and others, and new possibilities for their life. For the past ten years Steve has received training in and has practiced the evidence based and trauma-focused treatment models of EMDR and Lifespan Integration. He has witnessed remarkable results with these models.
Steve recently retired as Director of the Student Counseling Center at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). In addition to his work at CoHear/BCS, he will continue with SPU as an Adjunct Professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program.
Steve’s life outside of his profession is full. He and his wife, Debbie, married for fifty years this June, love the Northwest and never tire of traveling around the area. Their two adult sons live close by with their families. They are soon to be blessed with their fourth grandson. They have regular childcare responsibilities and host all three generations each week for dinner. Steve loves music and playing the guitar with his grandsons.