I am a licensed professional counselor, licensed supervisor of counselors, and a certified parenting coordinator. I completed a masters degree in counseling in 1974 and then from 1979 through 1982 completed all course requirements, as well as the qualifying exams and orals for a PhD. I did not complete the dissertation, as by that time I had become very involved in the home-building business, which had been a long time aspiration for me. In addition, I have been a college baseball coach, taught in college for a few years, and since I grew up in the construction business, acquired several “hands-on” skills in that line of work.
My counseling practice is widely varied. I work with individuals of all ages, including children, and significantly with families and marriages. In addition, I have facilitated groups for approximately 4 decades. I absolutely love what I do for a living.
I have been married to Bonita for 30 years and have 4 grown children.
Since May, 1998, I have written a weekly DFW suburban newspaper column titled “Reminders for the Journey” which deals primarily with marriage, family, and other relationship issues. My column appears in the Star Community Newspapers, which services many of the suburbs north of Dallas, including cities such as Lewisville, Flower Mound, Southlake, Carrollton, The Colony, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Mesquite, and perhaps others.
My initiation into counseling, which ultimately led me to become one, was primarily because I received help for myself in my mid-twenties, and it changed my life in profound ways. I was rather “broken,” and though I am referring to being “emotionally broken,” I was certainly also financially broke! At that time, a man I respected greatly told me, “Doug, you need to grow,” and gave me the name of a man to call who would help me do just that. He also told me that I couldn’t fix myself on my own and when I started seeing the counselor to stay with it.
After the first visit, I knew this was something different and better than anything I had ever tried before, as I had long since been trying to fix myself, very unsuccessfully, I might add. And not only did I go, I also stayed with it for many months. The “help” I got then did not result in a life of no pain, nor did it eliminate many ensuing poor choices. However, it gave me a foundation from which I have never veered. Now, some 40 years later, those days spent with the gifted counselor way back then is still the single most significant experience I have ever had because I learned things in a relatively short time that may have otherwise have taken a lifetime. By the way, that experience did not “finish” me by any means, but simply got me on the road of self-discovery that continues to this day. It also was not the last time I sought help for myself from a counselor.
Taking The Mystery Out Of Marriage [Kindle Edition]
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