Let me introduce myself ……
A father of four, I moved to Athens, Georgia in 1998 from Oregon. Having lived across the United States, my interests are as diverse as the people I have met, communities I have lived in, and the context of each.
I entered the online world full-time while at Oregon State University in the early dot-com era in the mid-1990s. I was part of a small team who created what are today two of the largest sports news outlets for NCAA sports. (Rivals.com/247Sports.com)
Leaving that field in 2011 due to sudden illness, I have been working with people facing major life challenges and/or substance abuse since. Getting through the illness myself during that time, a span of eight years that led to liver cancer and failure in early 2019, I now find happiness in illuminating possibilities for others, which what the only thing that got me through my challenges.
There is good in everything, it is just how much value you place upon it.
I am in tune with the things that I feel I can help with in some way and the things I need to help myself. That’s my song. Therefore, the virtual space is perfect for I am an Earth citizen for lack of a better term, and it is a global tune.
While the Nordic and Celtic traditions still play a large role in my life, as do vast array of associated practices and traditions, my individual and group sessions range from shamanism to substance abuse with as much or as little of either as is desired by the participant. In other words, if you just are interested in a virtual Recovery Coach, who is also a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, recovery with some amount of spiritual, or if you are new to shamanism and would like to cultivate your own personal practice to get you on your way, we can do that too.
Whatever you want, and we can change the conversation as we go, it does not matter to me, it is all about you. The one thing you will get, is a fresh or upgraded relationship with you, from there, it depends on just what it is you want to do.
Information on specific certifications, qualifications, training, and other experiences available upon request. Certification for Alcohol and Drug is through the International Credential and Reciprocity Commission. “IC&RC promotes public protection by offering internationally-recognized credentials and examinations for prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals.”
What they are saying
“I want to thank you for the time you spent with me while I was living in Georgia. It made a difference. I left town after graduating and have been doing well.” – Student at the University of Georgia.
“”Steve has been through an amazing journey and healed himself on so many levels. He has worked hard to polish and brighten his inner light which gives him tremendous insight to helping others. If you are ready to show up and do work, Steve will do the same for you.” KL
“Known and worked with Steve for almost a decade. Creative solutions with which to navigate the wilderness.” Larry Walton, LCSW
The following was received with a note saying to print this in its entirety:
I wanted to write to personally thank you for your time and, more importantly, perspective in my pursuit to sobriety three years ago. When I came to you, I felt absolutely hopeless, having run off any meaningful relationships that I had previously held. I was a selfish, inconsiderate individual with little to no concern of what others felt. Narcotics made me lose track of who I genuinely was, and I had officially hit rock bottom.
You, sir, enlightened me through your personal experiences and lessons learned through the process of getting sober. With your ability to fully understand the thought process of an addict, you were able to interpret situations and provide solutions that only an addict could understand. One of the hardest things to do is explain to someone who has never experienced what I have dealt with, and attempting to tell them “why” I did the things that I had done. With your understanding, you were able to connect fully, and grasp each situation that I explained. It was refreshing to speak to someone that I could connect with on that level, because I had never had that prior to our meetings.
One day, you told me that you had spent years of your life being selfish, only serving yourself. That is something that I will never forget, and vow to exemplify for the rest of my time here on this beautiful earth. I am proud to say that I have engaged in various charitable opportunities, built a much better relationship with my family, and met that girl of dreams that I know wouldn’t of even batted an eye at me had I not been sober. I thank you for that, Steve. I owe you all of the credit, because without you, sir, none of that would have been possible. I genuinely appreciate the time and effort that you put into me.
Continue helping others, because that is what you were put on this earth to do. I couldn’t have done it without you. Fortunately, I am alive, and here to say that I have been sober for three years and eleven months. You are to thank. God bless you, Steve.