Our Approach

We are licensed counselors who have also been married for 13 years. When we work together, we each bring our distinct perspective, along with more than 50 years of combined counseling experience.

Our Story

Our life together has also prepared us for our work: We’ve both been in a long-term marriage, and were both widowed, we are parents of a blended family of six children, we have navigated a cancer journey, built a successful business, and recently welcomed our first grandchildren. We understand the stress, joys, sorrow and intensity of modern life, and the challenges of balancing work and raising a family. (We like to say we may be the only parents of one child who was high school valedictorian and another who was expelled.  Today we are very proud of both of them(!) and the other four.)

Meet the Team

We’re one of the few married marriage-intensive facilitators in the country. Our clients benefit from our team approach in several ways: One of us may see things the other does not, and provide important insights. Our differing styles work hand-in-hand to effectively facilitate your relationship repair and growth. As a professional team and couple we both contribute to the planning and facilitation of your Intensive. Comparatively you are getting two Licensed Professionals, with a combined 50 years of experience, for one.

Hollis MacLean Wenzel

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Hollis Maclean Wenzel, M.S, Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Hollis has been a LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) in the state of Oregon since 1996 (#T0346). She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University East Bay and her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Child Development from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Her clinical experience includes working with clients in private practice, small clinic and in-patient settings. With training as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team, she approaches therapy primarily from a family systems approach: assessing client’s needs, providing therapy and referrals where necessary. However, she also pulls from other counseling approaches as indicated. Hollis specializes in working with couples. She also has done extensive work with teens, and has spent a significant number of years directing nonprofits that serve children and families. Hollis has extensive expertise in helping clients who are dealing with marital satisfaction, blended family issues, marital infidelity, parenting, grief and loss issues, suicide, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.

David MacLean Wenzel

Licensed Professional Counselor and Professor of Counseling

Dr. David Wenzel earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling from Loyola University. He also has Master’s degrees in both Divinity and Theology from Western Seminary in Portland Oregon. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Oregon 1012) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (27095). A professor of counseling for more than 20 years, his clinical experience includes the Veterans Administration, out-patient drug and alcohol, in-patient psychiatric, and out patient community mental health. He also trained for two years in the Isaac Taylor Institute of Psychiatry and Religion in Columbia Maryland. Formerly he served as the Clinical Director of the Sandy Family Services DUII program (1996-1998), Clinical Director at Sunnyside Counseling Center (1994-2007), and Director of the Counseling Program at Western Seminary (1994-2010). His professional interests include child development, parenting, clinical supervision, and the role of spirituality in mental health. In addition to his teaching and presentation of professional continuing education, he frequently speaks to community groups on parenting, family communication, marriage, and relationship topics.

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