About

Dan Stephens, Daniel Stephens, Daniel T Stephens, LMHC, NCC, CSAT Candidate

Bio

I am a sinner saved by grace. I am a follower of Jesus, the husband of Skylar, and the father of Keaton and Sawyer. We live in southwest Washington.

I grew up in an intact, loving Christian home and still have great relationships with my parents. I served in the US Marine Corps Reserves 2004-2010. By the grace of God and with providential human help I have overcome depression, pornography addiction, and the trauma and grief of losing one of my brothers to suicide.

As a counselor, I have the professional privilege of paying forward the help that I have received to overcome my own challenges.

Values

I owe the inspiration of this simple value statement to Tim Challies.

I am…

Christian – I affirm that Jesus is my Savior.

Protestant – I affirm the five “solas” of the Reformation.

Evangelical – I believe the gospel (which is the original and truest meaning of “evangelical”).

Unfinished – Though I find great beauty in traditional Protestantism, I realize that in some areas traditions may not be fully Scriptural. Where that is the case I am eager to change as the Spirit convicts me through the Word.

Integrative – I affirm that all truth is God’s truth, wherever truth is found. In my work, I consider insights from modern science to the extent that they do not contradict the plain teaching of Scripture.

Curious – I recognize that Christianity, Protestantism, and Evangelicalism are all diverse within themselves. No one is saved by their theology, they are saved by grace. I strive to respect and learn from my brothers and sisters in the faith even when we draw different theological conclusions.

Loving – I believe that all people are created in God’s image, and those outside the faith are due equal love and respect from me as those inside the faith. They shall know I am a Christian by my love. I pray that through my love, they might experience the love of Christ, and that the Spirit would draw them to Him through my love.

Traditional toward Marriage and Gender – I affirm that Biblical marriage is between one biological man and one biological woman. I affirm that the true gender of any individual is that revealed by their anatomy at birth and possession of either xx or xy chromosomes.

Resume / CV

Research Interests

Post-traumatic stress; developmental stress disorder; adverse childhood experiences; sex addiction; pornography addiction; infidelity; betrayal trauma; the Gottman Method; Emotionally Focused Therapy; biofeedback; internal family systems; clinical outcomes; clinical outcome predictors; therapeutic alliance.

Education

  • Master of Arts in Counseling, May 2016, Western Seminary, Portland, OR
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, June 2012, Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver, WA
  • Associate in Arts, August 2010, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Warner Pacific University, January 2020 to present
  • President / Founder / Contracted Clinician-Researcher, Restored Life Counseling, January 2018 to present
  • Mental Health Counselor, Refresh Therapy, February 2017 to December 2017
  • Mental Health Counselor, Real Life Counseling, May 2016 to February 2017
  • Intern Mental Health Counselor, Real Life Counseling, July 2014 to May 2016

Volunteer Projects / Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Our City Cares / Let Hope Arise Crusade, September 2017 – Present

Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate (CSAT Candidate), International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals
  • Board Certified Counselor, National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#LH60960443), Washington State Department of Health
  • Gottman Method Level II, The Gottman Institute

Publications

  • Stephens, S. L., & Stephens, D. T. (2017). Walking Through Tragedy With Victory: A Study Guide for Loss, Grief, and Healing. Camas, WA: Self-Published. https://amzn.to/2ATLljN