I have a passion for couples and families and a special interest in grief, trauma, sexual addiction and helping men. I am clinically trained and theologically informed. I am interested in learning how people have grown into who they are today and how they see themselves and the world around them. Because of this I prefer to work from a psychodynamic perspective with couples, families, and individuals along with an attachment perspective. Attachment theory is our best attempt at explaining God’s love and posits that people are meant to be in relationship with others and provides insight into how people bond.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Certified Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider (SATP-C)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
I earned a Bachelors of Science in Theology from Clarks Summit University and earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from MidAmerica Nazarene University. I completed a year-long Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider certification. I have previously worked as a pastor and for the last seven years I have been working as a chaplain and grief counselor in hospice. I am currently working as an Adjunct Professor of Human Growth and Development Through the Lifespan for MidAmerica Nazarene University.
I am also passionate about the exploration and pursuit of the integration of psychology and theology. As such, I am a member of both the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and the Society for Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology (SEPTT). I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a member of the Chi Sigma Iota counselor’s honor society.
Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider Certification / MidAmerica Nazarene University / 2017
Master of Arts in Counseling / MidAmerica Nazarene University / 2014
Clinical Pastoral Education Unit #1 / Heart of America Center for Clinical Pastoral Education / 2011
Bachelors of Science in Theology / Clarks Summit University / 1999
Josh Cress MA, LPC #2014041735, NCC #2014041735
PREPARE/ENRICH (marriage & couples assessment)
Grief Support Network (Kansas City area Grief Professionals)
One Community Hospice (Bereavement Counselor)