about AJ


Counseling Philosophy & Approach

Life can be unpredictable and sometimes it becomes more than we can handle alone. Our modern world offers us many unhelpful ways of coping with the stress and anxiety of life. Many of us turn to technology (internet/gaming/TV), drugs and alcohol, sex, food, or shopping… the list goes on and on. No matter how much time or money is spent, though, those ways of coping all fall short and the pain continues to tighten its grip. 

The thing all unhealthy coping mechanisms have in common is that they cause us to isolate ourselves from healthy outlets and healthy people. Unhealthy coping allows us to run from, or numb, the pain in our lives. That pain may come from many places: trauma, loss, childhood wounds, fear of the future, etc. Regardless of where the pain comes from or how you have tried to cope, there is hope and healing available. 

I view counseling as a collaborative process between the counselor and the client.  I strongly believe that my role as a counselor is to show my clients unconditional positive regard. I believe all people are deserving of love and respect and someone’s actions and/or thoughts do not define who they are. I think that everyone has the capability within themselves to find healing and purpose in their lives, especially in the face of adversity. 

I use a diverse mixture of interventions including cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, mindfulness, and logotherapy (to name a few). I personally tailor my approach to the personality and needs of each client I sit with. 


  • Sexual Addiction and compulsive sexual behavior
  • Drug and alcohol abuse and Substance Use Disorder
  • First Responders
  • Military and Veterans
  • Trauma
  • Christian Men (Biblical view of manhood)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression


AJ provides in person sessions in Wilsonville, OR as well as telehealth sessions for clients residing in Oregon.