About Me

My therapist wife, Terianne, and I have four children between us. After spending several years as a consultant to the University of Florida Athletic Department for performance issues, I moved here in 1988 to take a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Being the Department Chair for that program led to my becoming Associate Dean of the College of Education. While Associate Dean, I have continued to teach in the marriage and family therapy program. I was a co-founder of the Downing Counseling Clinic at UNR, was Director for 13 years, and have been in private practice a bit longer than that. My doctorate degree came from the University of Florida and my undergraduate degree in philosophy came from Furman University. Although I have extensive experience in sports performance enhancement with individuals and teams, including the University of Florida Gators and the UNR Wolf Pack teams and athletes, my current interests lie in helping individuals and couples find meaning, connection, and happiness in their daily lives, relationships, and work. I attempt to understand systemic communications and interactions though a structural and solution-focused perspective. This means that I am interested in the communications/interactions involved in how people attempt to solve problems, make decisions, and in the impact that these communications/interactions have upon themselves and others. True to the more solution-focused therapies, I tend to focus on what individuals and couples want and how they can go about achieving their wants.

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