Background, Experience, and Education
am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. I
graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University with a bachelor's
degree in Math Education in 1989. I then spent over 17 years working in
the Systems Department at State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, Illinois
where I did application programming and design, led project teams, served as a
project manager, and coordinated the training of application programmers and
designers. In 2003 I started pursuing my passion for helping people by
starting coursework on my Master's Degree in Counseling at Lincoln Christian
Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois while continuing my job at State Farm. In
2008 I graduated with honors from Lincoln with my Master's Degree in Counseling
after doing my counseling internship at the Antioch Group in Peoria. I
received over 2,000 hours of counseling experience under the
supervision of a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of OCD
and Anxiety disorders.
I have created
and presented men’s seminars and marriage seminars.
I'm a member of the American Association of
My approach to Therapy
I enjoy meeting clients right where they are at and listening intently to their
concerns until they know I have a thorough understanding of where they are at,
where they have come from, and where they would like to be. I believe the
purpose of therapy is to help my clients move from point A to point B in their
lives. They deserve to notice measurable change and improvement for
therapy to be considered successful. There are three phases to
Assessment and Goal Setting - This phase involves thoroughly
understanding the client's concerns and also understanding a picture of what
things would look like if they were better (goal-setting).
Working toward Goals - This is a cooperative effort where we
develop a treatment plan that helps the client to reach his/her goals.
This may involve developing new insights, building skills, and developing
the needed motivation.
3) Termination - In this phase we celebrate successes of the
improvements that we notice and develop a red flags and relapse prevention
list. I believe that my job is to work myself out of a job and to help my
clients gain confidence in thriving in the areas where the struggle had been.
believe that we as human beings have physical, emotional/psychological, social,
and spiritual dimensions. Each of these areas deserve to be considered,
assessed, and treated with compassion, competence, and dignity in a way that
facilitates healing and growth.
that it can be difficult to select a therapist from reading a bio. Since
it's important to me that you feel comfortable with my approach, I would invite
you to call in and set up a free 20 minute consultation to see if I might be
the right person to help you. I want you to find the right therapist,
whether that's me or someone else. I have good relationships with many
area therapists. If I am not a fit with what you need, I may be able to
help by plugging you in with another therapist who would be a good fit.
Marital, Pre-marital, and Family Counseling
including Bipolar Depression
including OCD, Panic Attacks, and Stress Management
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
from Trauma including abuse
Identity and Self-Worth Issues and Concerns
Communication and Conflict Management skills
Boundary issues and concerns
and video-conference sessions are available where appropriate
More about Curt
wife and I have been married over 20 years and have four children. We are
also licensed foster care workers with the state of Illinois and enjoy
fostering. I have been active in music and teaching ministries in our
church. In my free time I enjoy music, playing guitar, playing and watching
sports (especially baseball, basketball, and tennis), and spending time with my
family and friends. I also love riding my 2003 Honda Helix 250 motor