I began counseling in 1983, two years before I started university. Once I began my studies, counseling was one of my loves. I offered support to new university students and Friday evenings worked with local kids at a nearby mission centre. I took courses in Psychology and Person-Centered Therapy. I tried to imagine how I could create a professional future for myself in middle America as a counselor. I couldn’t see this happening, so I went on to spend the next two decades working in education and technology.
My marriage ended one Sunday night in 2008. I entered a world of depression and anxiety – a world in which I had to be a loving and thoughtful daddy to a four year old, while trying to process my pain. I began to reconsider my life choices and remembered my passion for helping others. Less than two weeks after my suffering began, I found myself awake in the middle of the night, deciding that I was going to return to my love of counseling. From my greatest despair, I was able to create something beautiful, reaching out to others in need. I began my Master of Counselling course at the start of 2009, also beginning training in telephone counseling with Lifeline Christchurch.
Counseling is my love and helping others struggling is my focus. Creating tools for those struggling or otherwise needing help with their mental health is the focus of this site. This site is both a resource for those looking for assistance, a journal of my own journey in app development for mental health and (finally) a place where I gather my own discoveries in Psychology, counseling and just about anything that inspires me.