I knew at an early age I wanted to be a psychologist and help people going through difficult struggles in life. With that in mind, I earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas in 1975, a master’s degree in counseling from East Texas State University in 1976, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Texas in 1981.  I became a licensed psychologist in 1985.

My first job after graduate school was a joint appointment as a professor in the psychology department and counselor in the student counseling center at the University of North Texas. I left the University of North Texas in 1985 to work as a psychologist for the Minirth-Meier Clinic in Dallas and was there for six years. I moved back to Austin in 1991 and have been in private practice since then. While in private practice, I have provided individual and couples counseling, conducted personal growth seminars, and authored self-help books.

I met and married my wife, Holly, while in graduate school at the University of Texas. Holly is the "wife of noble character" spoken of in Proverbs and a wonderful gift to me. We've been married for thirty-seven years and have three incredible "kids" we are so proud of we could bust our buttons every time we think of them.  One of our wonderful kids has given us two precious granddaughters that we think hung the moon and are looking forward to spoiling the rest of their lives.

The final “about me” that I want you to know is that I am a Christian.  My faith is the greatest blessing I've ever experienced, the lens through which I look at life, and the foundation on which I offer help and hope to people.