MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University
Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 2004 from the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating, Tim joined his brothers and volunteered for the US Military where he served as an Army Ranger and completed multiple combat deployments to Iraq. In 2009, he was selected to serve in a coveted position within U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he would go on to spend several years supporting counter-terrorism missions throughout Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East. In 2015, Tim left defense but stayed in Africa to form his own company of former U.S. military veterans partnering with African governments and conservation non-profits to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking. In 2018, Tim partnered with the National Geographic Society to help them identify and expose entities involved in all levels of wildlife crime throughout the continent and internationally.
Although Tim couldn’t articulate it at the time, the decision he had made to continue working in the Middle East and Africa after leaving active duty quickly became a way for him to avoid the spiraling mental health crisis he was facing. For years, Tim had lived in fear of both the stigma, and the judgment from healthcare providers and therapists who would look aghast as he shared details of his experiences working in Iraq and Africa. In 2019, Tim’s professional and personal life collapsed under the weight of his mental health challenges, and in this collapse, it became clear that he needed to focus on healing himself and his young family. A breakthrough occurred when Tim discovered plant medicines and mindfulness. For the first time in his life, Tim began to feel a sense of wholeness and clarity of purpose. It was through this journey of suffering, healing, and growth that the Wounded Healer Project was born.
As a combat veteran, Tim experienced and witnessed immense pain, suffering and the sense of isolation that can emerge from unresolved trauma. He’s witnessed this same level of pain manifest in the war-torn communities where he has lived and worked the past two decades. From al Qaeda in Iraq to frontline wildlife rangers in Africa and most recently, the men and women within the Colorado Department of Corrections where he served a mental health counselor – Tim knows trauma is global. Now he is committing the rest of his life to helping others embrace the pain and suffering of their deepest wounds, so that they may ultimately arrive at a place of healing and peace – something he believes everyone deserves regardless of where their life’s path has taken them.