Prior to returning to school, Steve served as a police officer for 12 years. This experience gave Steve valuable insight into the chaos that life can bring. His time as a police officer helped drive his desire to return to school in order to gain the education needed to continue helping others. Steve graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. As part of his education, he worked with adolescent boys at a wilderness therapeutic program. His days “on trail” gave him a unique opportunity to witness profound therapeutic changes within these boys in the beautiful mountains of Utah. Steve has worked with adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, pornography addiction, behavioral issues, attachment issues, autism spectrum disorder, PTSD, among other issues. Steve also worked with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office as a victim counselor where he worked with victims of crime. This included working with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and the families of murder victims.
Steve’s therapeutic approach cannot be summarized by one model. People are diverse and Steve believes in having a wide range of approaches to his therapeutic interventions. His warm approach with people often involves a lot of humor, breaking down treatment resistance, and building trusting relationships. Steve believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation for change. Through this relationship, Steve empowers his clients to utilize emotional, behavioral, social and relational change techniques to help them achieve their treatment goals. Steve borrows his therapeutic style from proven theories, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and a solution-focused approach.
In his free time, Steve loves to spend time traveling with his wife and three children. His preferred fixations when not traveling with family are fly-fishing and spending some peaceful time outdoors. When time permits, he also enjoys strumming his ukulele and playing the Native American flute.
- Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work – University of Utah
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work – University of Utah