Getting to Know
A native Texan, Derek has lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area his entire life. Being raised by adopted parents gave Derek an intimate, unique knowledge of the challenges that both parent and child could experience in adoption.
Derek became a pastor and for 15 years, working with various age groups ranging from infants to older adults. During this time, he gained experiential insight through serving and contributing to many different international and local communities through church mission trips. He also has 20 years of creative art experience, which he has a passion using with counseling clients to build insight, awareness, and safety. He believes that counseling through a holistic, integrative approach would help fill a void that many churches are experiencing in congregations, and he hopes to bring broader understanding and empathy between mental health and spiritual/religious care. Derek has also worked with a unique population in his graduate internship at Baylor Scott and White Institute for Rehabilitation-Frisco, counseling a wide variety of individuals who had traumatic brain injuries. Prior to counseling, he received his Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 2015 from Liberty University. He is currently a post-graduate student from the counseling program at University of North Texas, where he also received his Master of Science in Clinical Counseling in 2020.
Style & Approach
Derek plans to work and incorporate holistic and integrative care with individuals, couples, and families by assessing and addressing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Derek is a genuine counselor who meets his clients where they are and moves them forward towards growth and healing. He believes there is strength in human connections and encourages others towards the goals set in counseling.
Derek offers a diverse and wide range of counseling options, specializing in working with teens, college, and adults dealing with trauma, grief, anxiety disorders, depression, guilt, shame, addictions, couples, and family counseling. Also, he is experienced with teens and young adults experiencing life transition struggles, as well as the LGBTQ population and older adults with end-of-life decisions. Derek pulls from a variety of theories when working with individuals including Adlerian Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Attachment theory, Art Therapy, Gottman Therapy, Narrative, Dreamwork as well as Solution Based Therapy.
Derek and his wife have two children, 10- and 15-year-old sons. In his spare time, Derek loves to be creative through photography and plays bass guitar. His weekends consist of watching movies, binging on Netflix with his family, and every once in a while, playing some XBOX 360. Derek is a part of the American Counseling Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and Association Creativity in Counseling.