A. CURTIS SUTHERLAND
Bachelor of Education, Master of Divinity, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
Professional Educator and
Marriage and Family Therapist
I have served as a Chaplain for the US Army, Guard, and Reserves for many years. I have been given tremendous opportunities to provide meaningful workshops and life-changing therapy to those in the Army Community. Now it is my intention to offer those services to a wider audience.
I have been trained to conduct workshops from PREP, Inc., Active Relationships Center, Gottman's Methodology for Making Marriages Work, and the 7 Habits series for Successful People, among others. I have conducted seminars and workshops for Singles, Couples, and Families. I have provided Resilience Training, Sexual Assault Awareness, and Suicide Prevention Classes.
My Bachelor's degree was in education and I minored in Special Education. I taught elementary-aged children for five years. My first Master's degree was in Divinity, allowing me to pastor for a couple years while also becoming eligible to become an Army Chaplain in 1999. Finally, my Master's of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy gave me the opportunity to become a Family Life Chaplain, having had training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Sand Tray, Equine Therapy (yes, there is such a thing), and EMDR for Trauma victims.
Far from perfect, I am non-judgmental and have a strong passion for helping others who struggle.
Bachelor of Education, 1991
Master of Divinity, 1998
Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2018
I am not a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have completed the education required to earn the Masters of Science, Marriage and Family Therapist degree from Texas A&M Central Texas in Killeen, TX in coordination with the US Army's Family Life Requirements at Fort Hood, TX. This required 60 hours of graduate-level coursework combined with 500 hours of supervised counseling. The Family Life Program also gave us the opportunity to be trained in EMDR for victims of trauma, as well as Equine Therapy, Play Therapy, and Prepare/Enrich premarital counseling, and more.
I choose to provide Life Coaching and not Clinical Therapy at this time for the following reasons:
1. The added time and costs of licensure.
2. The added time and difficulties associated with insurance companies and billing agencies.
3. The need to worry about state license requirements depending on where I am and where my clients are.
4. I can practice Life Coaching as an MFT without licensure requirements imposed by each state.
Recommendations happily provided upon request!