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I am a frequently dissonant and often misunderstood thinker type, though I feel more understood now than ever before as I have been able to find others who are able to validate my experience about the important things of life as not being crazy, heretical, heterodox, etc. Anyhow, whatever I am I mostly like these days. The more I’ve come to treat myself with compassion and the more I’ve been able to find folks around whom I feel a part, the more I’m able to see myself as a worker among workers, and a brother among brothers and sisters.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Religion, a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy, and I am a licensed professional counselor in two states. I also hold two national certifications in counselor from the National Board for Certified Counselors. In spite of all the clinical experience and the notion that I have been a mental health clinician for 14 years now, I recently decided to pursue my PhD in Counselor Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).
Formative Background Stuff
I am the product of a childhood small German Catholic community, an evangelical charismatic childhood and adolescent church base, and a state and Southern Baptist education, which may not quite mean what you think. Actually, maybe it means exactly what you think. I don’t know.
Anyhow, I identify as a post-evangelical with heavy leanings toward contemplative practice. My spiritual heroes include Father Henri Nouwen, Father Richard Rohr, Brother Roger of Taizé, Sister Joan Chittister, Thomas Merton, St. John of the Cross, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Why All the God Stuff?
Because I am a psychotherapist, and so many of my clients don’t talk with me about God, I’m often asked why I blog so much about matters as they relate to God, religion, or spirituality. It’s simple – I have a personal interest there. The fact is, when it comes to these kinds of matters, no one is totally neutral. As a matter of fact, my experience suggests that those who think they’re neutral on issues of religious or spiritual importance are often among the most deluded. So, when people come see me for counseling, they can read my thoughts on these matters, and ask me freely about my beliefs, without feeling like I have a particular hidden agenda or need to proselytize. My writings on all these matters are meant to make me all the more transparent as a human and a psychotherapist.
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