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"I only have this moment. 
What I choose in this moment makes all the difference...  
I choose love."

Jon is a seasoned professional in the field of youth empowerment. He has worked enthusiastically over the past 25 years encouraging teens and supporting their efforts to bring their best to the world.  He is the founder of the Omega Youth Empowerment, Wolakota Youth Programs, and the Legacy program.  Countless teens have participated in personal growth and empowerment opportunities developed and facilitated by Jon at regional schools, churches, and youth agencies.


Jon opened his counseling practice in Adrian in 2010.


Jon utilizes a brain change therapeutic approach.  Modeling balance symbolized in the Native medicine wheel, his approach addresses the whole person and strengthens the interconnections between emotional health, cognitive health, physical health, and spiritual health.  Brain change therapy moves individuals beyond the management of emotional challenges into deep and lasting healing.  His areas of specialization include:

  • Trauma reprocessing 

  • Interventions for at-risk adolescents

  • Healing from sexual and physical abuse

  • Attachment challenges

  • Grief and loss

  • Adolescent development issues

  • Support for teens and families

  • Crisis intervention

  • Eco-Therapy Interventions drawing on Native wisdom and wilderness experiences

Jon earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio and his masters degree at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.  He is licensed  as a Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan, certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and certified as an Advanced Heart-Centered Hypnotherapist with The Wellness Institute.  He holds multiple certifications in Eco-Therapy work.