In his book I and Thou (1923), German-Jewish philosopher and contemplative, Martin Buber, said that human beings become themselves – become who they truly are – through open and genuine encounters with another person. As a psychotherapist, I see my work as joining and accompanying clients in this journey. I seek to do so in a manner that is compassionate and empathic, and that aims to facilitate acceptance, understanding, and ultimately leads to healing and wholeness. My deepest hope is that clients (and indeed, all of us) may come to know themselves as accepted and beloved in genuine and open relationship with themselves, their community, and the transcendent.
I have been a practicing psychotherapist since 2003, both as a Certified Canadian Counsellor (2003 to present) and as a Registered Psychologist in BC (2014 to present). In addition, I am a core faculty member in the Masters of Counselling Psychology program at Trinity Western University since 2009. I also currently serve as a clinical trainer and the chair of the board for the Existential Analysis Society of Canada.
I received my PhD in Counselling Psychology from UBC in 2011, and my MA in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University in 1999. I have also undergone extensive psychotherapeutic training in Existential Analysis, and am a member of both the Existential Analysis Society of Canada, the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, and the Canadian Psychological Association.
In my psychotherapeutic practice for the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of working mostly with clients who are recovering from serious physical injuries or illnesses, including traumatic/acquired brain injuries and chronic pain. These recoveries have been marked by psychological challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depressive disorders, adjustment disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders and so forth. My therapeutic background has also included conducting psychological assessments, as well as career/vocational counselling and couples and family counselling. The primary approach which I draw upon in my psychotherapy is Existential Analysis: helping clients find a felt and deep “inner yes” to themselves and their lives. I have found this to be a very helpful approach for assisting clients with a wide range of psychological and physical suffering.
Although my clinical and academic work is located entirely in Langley, I’m originally from Germany (und kann daher auch gerne Deutsch mit Ihnen sprechen). For the past 10 years, I have been privileged to call Abbotsford, BC home. I am deeply blessed to be married to a wonderful and very patient wife and to get to be the father of two active, teenage children. I also count myself as very fortunate to be able to have many close friendships, and to continue to grow on a daily basis as a therapist, scholar and person through my colleagues, friends, students, and clients. I love hiking and canoeing in our beautiful BC and try my best to heed the instructions for life of the poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019): Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.