Chris has a wealth of diverse knowledge and passion for families and teenagers. He has worked with family systems in several capacities over the last 20 years. Most recently, he served as an in-home behavior specialist working directly with families to create change through skill development using proven family solutions. He is 4-times certified in the Teaching-Family Model and has great understanding of teenage minds, cultivated over his time serving as a Juvenile Probation Officer for 11 years.
Chris believes that therapy can help treat and heal the individual. Through developing a strong relationship of trust, the therapist and client can be a team, working together, on the journey of treatment and self-betterment. Among other modalities, Chris uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with person-centered features, as well as a solution-focused approach, to listen to and understand others. He is someone to be trusted and listens reflectively to meet the client where they are. Chris expertly uses empathy and understanding with his clients, enabling a sensitive approach to support many presenting issues, including, but not limited to difficult family dynamics, ASD spectrum related issues, those experiencing learning disabilities or delays, substance use/abuse history, anxiety, depression, mood or other budding personality disorders/features. Chris enjoys the use of humor in sessions and excels in being able to adjust his approach to meet the clients’ needs, whether it be a softer or more direct approach.
Chris obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State in Criminal Justice and his Master’s from University of Phoenix in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). Uniquely, he completed his clinical intern year right here at Alpine Academy, allowing for therapeutic experience, teaching and guidance from our expert clinical leadership team.