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Path To Peace Counseling, PLC


In meeting with a client it is important to accept the person exactly where they are, in a safe and non-judgmental space where we can explore their issues, find and nurture hope, and together work toward growth and healing.  As a counselor, my job is to hear, accept and understand my client as a whole person and provide strategies to achieve their goals.  Growth, healing and change can be challenging and sometimes frightening.  A counselor you trust to walk with you in this process can be a comforting and empowering presence. I am honored to be a part of that process with my clients.  Through this process we can get to know ourselves from a new perspective, to accept and love ourselves unconditionally.


My professional path has taken some twists.  I graduated with an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1992.  Soon thereafter, I had a burn injury that required months/years of rehabilitation.  After being involved in legal action, my interest in the law led me to law school.  For the past 20 years I was a trial lawyer in both Iowa and Illinois.  Always, counseling has been a part of my professional life, and in the last few years has become my primary path.  I am now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  I also am adjunct faculty at the Department of Education at Drake University. I am also a Certified Family Law Mediator. 


My theoretical orientation is eclectic.  The primary concern for me is what will work most effectively to help my clients heal, grow and achieve their life goals.  I meet with clients regarding a wide range of subject matters, including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and disability.  I have interests and experience working with adults, couples, and teens dealing with any issues or transitions that are significant in their lives.


Away from the office I enjoy playing music, hanging with my wife and my three amazing children, and a fantastic group of friends.


Monday & Tuesday

        Days & Evenings



Saturday by Appt. Only








1200 Valley West Drive

Suite 304-9

West Des Moines, IA  50266





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