Meet Your Men’s Core Program Facilitators
We currently have three trained Men's Core Program Facilitators at the Marriage Recovery Center. Please take a moment to review each person's information and program dates before registering.
Jill Stenerson LMHC, WSCGC, CSAT, CMAT is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in working with complex issues related to trauma, addiction, narcissism, and abuse.
Jill started in the counseling field as an intake coordinator, working primarily with victims of childhood sexual abuse and subsequent personality disorders. She then began working for a local behavioral health agency as a general mental health clinician, where she has been for the past 14 years. Over the years she has sought out specific training and licensure to better serve clients who were suffering not just from trauma and abuse, but had more specific behavioral struggles, including addiction and perpetration of abuse. She’s found that this clientele is a great fit for her directive style of therapy.
Jill believes that issues of addiction and abuse require a rigorous commitment to personal responsibility which begins by staring squarely at the problematic behaviors and the impact they have on those around us. The impact of abuse and trauma on a survivor also requires the same level of focus on reality. In order to heal from the impact of trauma, we must identify what happened, establish emotional, spiritual, physical, and sexual safety, face the ways in which it has shaped our way of relating to the world and others, and develop new skills to engage in from a stance of empowerment, as opposed to fear.
Jill lives in Poulsbo, WA and loves the Seahawks, English Premier League soccer, and food. She is excited to be part of the Marriage Recovery Center and believes that change, though grueling in practice, is worthy and attainable.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(Please note all hours are quoted in Pacific Time)
Monday, August 2, 2021
from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(Please note all hours are quoted in Pacific Time)
David has over 20 years of experience in pastoral ministry as a senior pastor and youth pastor. During this time, David spent many hours in pastoral counseling, discipleship, and using spiritual gifts and biblical authority to help people find positive ways to live, work, and enjoy relationships.
Before coming to the Marriage Recovery Center, David worked as a professional counselor with the Department of Corrections in Wyoming and served in the Men’s Maximum-Security Prison. He saw this as an opportunity to answer the call to go to those in prison, not only to visit but also to bring light to those with very little hope.
David loves finding ways to help modify behaviors so they conform to God’s intended purposes for our lives. He believes that solutions are not always isolated events that magically cure everything – therapy takes work on the part of the client and the counselor. He will listen to really understand your story, then devise a treatment plan for you which includes behavior modification through cognitive, client-centered, existential, and/or narrative therapy techniques to help you achieve your goals.
Over the last 20 years, Lee has worked with people on healing nearly every aspect of their lives, from the physical to the emotional to the intellectual. Prior to that, he spent over a decade in traditional finance roles and as an entrepreneur, so he understands first-hand the pressures and rigors of our modern-day life.
Now, after more than 2000 hours with MRC clients, he also knows very well the destruction that narcissism and emotionally abusive behavior can cause, as well as the most effective ways to heal and move beyond this limited and reactionary behavior.
He likes to say he counsels “like a good grandmother”, being tender and loving when the time calls for it and firm and demanding when the time calls for it.
His work is focused on three main principles:
Connection: The beginning of your work is to build an open and honest relationship that cultivates the trust necessary to identify the core issues holding you back from being the best version of yourself. This is him learning about you and you learning about him.
Intellectual Understanding: He’ll introduce proven ideas and methodologies that will help you see your story differently and empower you to make healthier choices in your thinking, your behavior, and your communication.
Emotional Understanding: He’ll help you learn how to understand your emotions (including what creates them in the first place), how to self-regulate when you are overwhelmed, and how to be connected to your most authentic self (beyond knee-jerk reactions, stress, and anxiety).
By creating an honest, human connection, Lee will help you to calm down and see your unhealthy, and sometimes even destructive, patterns for what they are—simply patterns left over from early childhood programming and trauma. Then, through a clear and fresh approach, he’ll lay out a path, one doable and manageable step at a time, so you can bring forward healthy change.