FROM FIREFIGHTER TO FINANCIAL THERAPIST TO FOUNDER OF HEALTHY LOVE AND MONEY
THE SHORT VERSION:
Hi, I'm Ed. I’m a firefighter turned financial advisor turned marriage and family financial therapist and I know a lot about walking into high-intensity situations, navigating “the flames,” and walking everyone out safely.
With both formal education and personal experience in resolving conflicts, managing finances, developing emotional intimacy, and understanding family systems, I’m an informed and empathetic guide. My goal is to help couples uncover and understand the roots underlying their financial conflicts.
THE SLIGHTLY LONGER VERSION:
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing a wide range of money-related distress. I started from the ground-up teaching in several different church-based financial programs. While I learned a lot, I was left with more and bigger questions about people and money.
So, I went back to school. I earned an MBA with a concentration in corporate finance which led me to earn my designation as a Certified Financial Planner. At the same time, I was working at Vanguard Mutual Funds, working with clients across the wealth spectrum. These experiences gave me exposure to understanding investing and working with people around their investments. I felt like I understood how money worked but had no real formal training or understanding of how individuals, couples, and families worked. What did I do? I went back to school again and this time I earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy. This training filled many gaps in my understanding of how people worked.
Along the way, I’ve become a thought-leader in the field of Financial Therapy - which is the professional field that blends personal finance and counseling psychology together to effect positive, lasting change for clients. I’ve helped a team of professionals develop the designation Certified Financial Therapist - I™ which ensures the highest quality of care to those interested in receiving Financial Therapy.
EVEN I HAVE A MONEY STORY
I have spent countless hours studying, reflecting, and in therapy looking at how my own family has shaped me and my related issues with money. I’ve gone through the process. As such, my own sense of confidence around money and the ability to talk with my wife about our finances has increased significantly.
I now know what to do when I start to feel anxiety, shame, or sadness around money-related topics. I have been on my own transformational journey with money and so I know what it feels like to experience money more clearly and confidently. I’m here to tell you that you can have times of joy and delight around money and a deeper, more intimate, and fulfilling relationship and life with your partner as a result of doing the work.
WHEN I’M NOT HEALING MONEY MATTERS, I’M A DEDICATED HUSBAND AND FATHER
I’m a proud papa to three energetic boys and have been in a long-term marriage with my beautiful wife for over a decade. When I have the occasion to take the parenting and spouse hat off, I enjoy mountain biking and hiking.