About My Clients
At this stage of my vocational life, I am primarily focused on supervision of others who are in my practice developing in their ability to integrate spirituality into the psychotherapeutic process, although I do see a limited number of clients, especially by distance technology. Most of the clients I see directly are either members of the clergy & their families (dealing with issues related to those stressors) or members of the military & their families (especially around reintegration issues).
My Background and Approach
Even in our brokenness and hurt, there is still wholeness. A damaged relationship is still a relationship and has potential for future peace. The sadness that can be a part of loss hurts but can lead to new life and one that still remembers what was, but without the pain. Knowing that you are not communicating as well as you would like means you want to hear and be heard. My role is to join you on your journey to make these things happen, to bring in expertise and a safe space you don’t have with your friends. Based on your interactions with others, how your society interacts with itself and even who different parts of you interact with each other, I draw on decades of experience and diverse training to help you on your path. My licenses in New York and Indiana span marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and addictions. I have worked with a wide variety of people and believe your spirituality (from formal religious to individual) is important in the process.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
As an ordained minister, I have my own personal beliefs, but what is important when we work together are your beliefs and experiences. I enjoy meeting (or if I am honest, at times, trying to meet) clients where they are. Some of you may have felt condemned in faith communities you were (or are) part of. My desire is for you to have a safe space to integrate the whole of who you are, not just parts. I do engage in various forms of community service, engagement and involvement. I even did doctoral work on how this affects the one doing this. My advocacy work has become more strategic and less demonstrative. However, my particular focus are not the key for the ability to work together.