Actually, call me Dr. Nick!
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas in 1991, a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1996, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas in 2001.
I have been invited back to teach at two of my alma maters, Texas Lutheran where I have lectured in both the undergraduate theology and psychology departments, and St. Mary's University where I have taught two of the core courses for the graduate marriage and family therapy department, Introduction to Clinical Practicum and Marital Therapy, since 2003, as well as Advanced Child Development since 2010. I continue to serve as an MFT clinical supervisor for the Family Life Center, the training clinic for interns of the graduate department of Counseling and Human Services at St. Mary's, which I have also been doing since 2003. My official designation is Senior Lecturer/Professor Pro Rata. I also supervise post-graduate therapists in pursuit of full licensure privately.
I am a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I am an Approved Supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors. I am also a consecrated minister in the Evangelical Church of America. I have written articles for the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling and the national newsletter of the American Association for Play Therapy, but my main areas of scholarly interest are therapeutic humor and couples therapy.
I continue to serve as Director of the Guadalupe Valley Christian Counseling Center, a non-profit agency that has quadrupled in clients served, staff and offices since I took the position in 2003. I also own and operate, with my wife and fellow Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, Ashley, Insight Education, LLC, which offers an opportunity for MFTs, LPCs, social workers and other mental health professionals to receive board-approved Continuing Education Units online on a variety of topics, from treating obsessive-compulsive disorder to dealing with infidelity, at their own pace and in their own setting. The site is www.mycounselingceus.com.
Ashley and I have been married since 2003 and have two fantastic children.