I completed a masters degree in marriage and family therapy at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. I also hold a bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in communications studies. Following my graduate work, I worked in community behavioral health where I gained experience working with a wide-range of mental health concerns affecting individuals, couples, and families. This experience helped me discover my strong interest in working with couples, especially couples affected by pornography addiction, affairs, and other betrayals. I eventually became affiliated with the LifeStar Network and moved to St. George, UT in 2006 where I opened up a private practice and started the LifeStar of St. George program. In 2009, I created the group practice Alliant Counseling and Education, which is home to a team of highly trained therapists who are specialists in their chosen areas of expertise.
I have continued to seek advanced training in both pornography/sexual addiction treatment as well as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). My focus in both my couples work as well as the group work in the LifeStar program is helping individuals and couples heal the patterns of attachment in their relationships.
I am the co-author of the book “Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity“, with Dr. Mark Chamberlain. I also recorded the 6-part series “Strengthening Recovery Through Strengthening Marriage: Healing from Pornography Addiction” with Dr. Kevin Skinner. I also was featured as a guest expert in the documentary "The Heart of the Matter".
I am an affiliate director in the LifeStar Network. I have co-authored many of the LifeStar Network workbooks. I also write a weekly column for the St. George News Online and the LDS online magazine Meridian Magazine.
I frequently present at state and national conferences on the subjects of marriage, sexual addiction recovery, and other related topics. I was the co-founder of the Southern Utah conference put on by the Utah Coalition Against Pornography and have served as conference chair four times. I also provide workshops, trainings, and other presentations for local groups and clergy. Please contact me if I can assist your organization.
I have been married since 1996 to my wife, Jody, and we are the parents of four children. I am active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was raised in Oklahoma and have lived all over the United States and spent two years in the Dominican Republic serving a volunteer mission for my church. I enjoy working with people of all faiths and backgrounds. In my spare time, I like to hike, camp, listen to and play music, photography, and hang out with my family.