John has always been interested in understanding how people work and helping them to solve problems. To learn more about how to do that, he focused his undergraduate studies on psychology and sociology.
Vocationally, he started out in the Army, as a means to pay for his education, went to college, and then entered the corporate world. During his first career, he was a software developer, business analyst, and a project manager. His passion was mentoring other professionals, which is an interest he maintains today.
In 2014, John decided to make a move from “success to significance,” pursuing a lifelong interest in counseling and mental health. He completed his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015 and, ever since, he has been a counselor and partner in mental health and well-being.
He works with all adults and adolescents, though he is particularly passionate about working with men. Because it’s often so much harder for men to find and receive counseling, John is here as an understanding ally to help me with a wide range of professional and personal challenges.
When appropriate, John counsels from a faith-based perspective, and he uses Act (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). His overall counseling philosophy has been heavily influenced by Carl Rogers, which means he focuses a lot on the individual and unique person.
In his personal time, John is an animal lover, scuba diver, and father. He has adopted three children from the foster care system, and they are now thriving adults. In addition, he has a biological child on the way. With a lot of family in the Jacksonville area, he is here to stay. John is available for counseling clients through Living Well on Mondays and Saturdays.