Why I Am a Counselor and Who I Like Working With
I set-up my counseling practice so that I could assist people who were in need of the services I have to offer. I have a genuine love for people, am skilled at what I do and enjoy being of service when I can.
Among other things, I like working with people who may find themselves at a low point in their lives. The nice thing about a low point is that quite often there is no way to go but up! Low points are very good at giving you a whole new perspective on your life. I have had years of experience counseling people who were experiencing depression, anxiety, the loss of a loved one through death or divorce, or some other challenging situation.
I work with people from all walks of life and hold sacred with respect the beliefs of whoever is in front of me, knowing that your personal beliefs are yours to sort out as you see fit. Given that we both agree that there is a match, I serve all, regardless of race, creed, color, situation, circumstance or environment. I do not discriminate based upon one’s faith or lack thereof.
That being said, since I was raised as a child in a faith community, I also have an intimate knowledge of that environment. I have a special place in my heart and great empathy for people of faith and what they work with. So I am also well positioned to work effectively with people of faith, and count it a privilege to do so.
How I Came To Be a Counselor
I experienced my first major “low point” in my life at the age of 13. After a rather traumatic event, I suddenly found myself dealing with depression and anxiety. You would think that I could have found some help in the church I was attending at the time for what I was going through. But it was complicated. Due to my fear of being misunderstood, I did not feel comfortable sharing what was happening with me at the time with anyone else, so I mostly suffered alone. I knew of few resources where I could get help. So I know what it is like to suffer alone with a problem, having little hope that a solution can be found.
I am so grateful for that experience. It gave me a lot of empathy for those going through similar things. Later on as an adult, I found an abundance of solutions that I used to heal those wounds of the past. Now I really enjoy sharing what I have learned with others and witnessing their healing process. I love being a counselor and an orator because it puts me in a position where I can give back to those who could use some assistance at this time in their lives.
I Have Learned From Some of the Best
I feel very blessed to have been under the tutelage of Dr.’s Ron and Mary Hulnick, who founded the University of Santa Monica where I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology. Ron and Mary are considered among the best in the field of psychology and much of my personal healing took place when I studied with them. A few years after graduating with a BA from Texas Tech University, I also studied at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary which gave me a firm grounding, among other things, in the principles of counseling.
My Education is Grounded In “Real Life”
Though sometimes I would like to, I have never shied away from involvement in this world. I have had my share of lessons from the university of “hard knocks.” I am not complaining. Those lessons were usually exactly what I needed at the time and for that I am grateful. So my education has been well grounded in “real life” experience. I have worked in corporations, large and small. I founded a non-profit where I facilitated over 100 personal and spiritual growth seminars in churches from coast to coast. I was also successful in my own “for profit” business for 18 years. I have a great deal of experience in knowing how to overcome the challenges of everyday life that we all encounter.
What Is Unique About My Practice?
I have a unique ability to assist people in connecting with the valuable resources that are already inside of them. Each session can become an experience of rich self-discoveries. It is not so much about what I know. It is more about what you come to know. Once you discover what works for you, then you can apply that knowledge to bring about the results you are seeking.
I am good at helping people see their situation through new eyes. What seemed at first like a tragedy, can become one of your greatest blessings. No matter what is happening at this time in your life, you can use it for your learning and growth. Sometimes you are so close to the forest that you can’t see the trees. That is where I can help. I bring all of the skills I have learned over a life-time to bear on your unique situation to help you find the solutions you seek.
What makes my approach work so well is the key element I call “loving.” People who come to me often express how much love and acceptance they feel in my presence. It has been said that “enough loving will handle anything.” I have certainly found that statement to be true and have watched it happen time and time again both personally and in my practice.
I have lived in Longmont, Colorado, with my beloved wife Kate for the last 18 years. I enjoy spending time hiking in the great outdoors. Besides my counseling practice, I speak and conduct workshops for churches and other groups on the topics of personal and spiritual growth.
Schooling and Training
Registered Psychotherapist, Colorado License #0008201
Masters of Applied Psychology, University of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
Extensive Studies, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX
Bachelor of Arts, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Mediation Certification Training, San Diego Mediation Center, Vista, CA
Restorative Justice and Peace Making Circle Facilitation Training, Longmont, CO
“Dan is a very good counselor. I found him to be very compassionate, patient, and a good listener.”