Credentials

I received my B.S. in Marketing at Oklahoma State University in 1991 and worked in the area of sales and marketing until 2010.  In 2008 I received my M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Southern Nazarene University. I officially left the corporate world in May of 2010 to focus my full attention on Marriage and the Family. I received my License in Marriage and Family Therapy in March of 2011.

I published my first book "The Best Marriage Ever" in 2012 and have a segment titled "Ask Donnie" that has aired on KWTV channel 9 since 2011 with topical discussion on relationships, family and parenting.  I have also participated as a monthly guest in the "Ask The Experts" column of Metro Family Magazine with subjects centered on children, adolescents, parenting and the family.  I am a member of both OKAMFT and AAMFT, and served as an Associate Board Member at OKAMFT in 2011.  I am also an active member of AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors).  I currently live in Edmond, OK with my wife of 23 years Heather, and have two children, Madison (19) and Christian (16).

Philosophy of Therapy

My philosophy of therapy is holistic, meaning that I believe that people are made up of many parts – body, soul, (mind, emotions, will) and spirit.  I am a Christian.  I believe we are created for relationship.  We know ourselves in the context of our relationships.  Healing occurs through repairing relationships and altering our interactions within those relationships.

My approach to therapy is from a systemic perspective.  I believe that people work in relationship systems and each person in the relationship is important to the balance of the whole.  When relationships become out of balance, it is a result of many different factors or patterns, which can be examined in the therapy sessions.  I place a strong emphasis on healthy communication, problem solving and attachment experiences.  I counsel families, couples, and individuals. My counseling technique is grounded in Adult Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Gospel.  

 

 

 

 

 

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.  John 10:10