Robert received his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Christian integration from Regent University. Robert’s professional background includes crisis phone counseling and vocational counseling for mentally and physically challenged adults. As a private practice counselor he has worked with individuals (depression, anxiety, grief, anger, trauma, relationship and spiritual issues); couples (pre-marital, marital, conflict resolution, infidelity, parenting, pornography, and sexuality); and groups (men, women, and wellness focus). He has completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop in suicide first aid. Robert enjoys helping men develop integrity and character as husbands, fathers, and Christian leaders, and has served as an elder on a local church level. He uses an integrative approach to counseling that pulls from various best practice, research-validated methods.
Why did you choose a career in counseling?
When I was younger I was subject to bullying. As bad as this was, God used my experiences to develop in me a sense of empathy for others going through life’s stressors and traumas. Of all the jobs I have had over the years, none has given me the opportunity to reach others in ways that I believe God has called me to, i.e. counseling, especially from a Biblical perspective.
What do you like best about counseling?
I really enjoy it when my clients let me know that “this is helpful.” Because many of us don’t have safe and constructive avenues to process the difficulties of life, we continue living with dysfunction, pain, and stagnation. When I am able, by God’s grace, to assist my client to manage the dysfunction, find healing in the pain, and experience growth instead of stagnation, that is what I like best about counseling.
How do you recharge on your day off?
I like walks with my dog, talks with my wife, and private and public worship to my Lord. I like taking care of our yard and gardens, watching a good movie with my wife, and of course, enjoying her good cooking. If my son is in town, I get “recharged” laughing it up with him while watching The Three Stooges. Hey, you asked!
What are your three favorite things?
1) I love spending quality time with God, whether alone first thing in the morning or at a special event with Christian brothers and sisters where the fellowship is real, the testimonies are inspiring, and the praise of God in song and music is strong. 2) I love being with my wife while at my sister’s condo on the shore of Rehoboth Beach, DE, listening to the surf, smelling the salt water, gazing out over the vast blue ocean, good book in hand, or just journaling about life. 3) I love laughing.