This is my story.
For most of my life I have wondered why things happen the way that they do. What were the reasons as to why my life had evolved within a nurturing family structure that allowed for self- expression and life examination? Why did I make the choice to becoming involved in a healing profession? So many questions.
I remember during the summer before my junior year at a Midwestern College having to decide on a major as I moved out of my Liberal Arts curriculum. One professor suggested that we think about what we enjoyed or felt passionate towards. At the time I had no answer and because of that I randomly selected the field of psychology. You see, I did not have a master career plan. I just fell into the helping profession.
At a very young professional age I was able to study with some extraordinary men and women while we all examined the aspects of humanistic psychology. We concentrated on a variety of treatment approaches for the total individual; mind, body and soul. I remember thinking at that time that we were at the cutting edge and that with effort we could give aide and assistance to many. The mental health profession devoted its energy effectively to relieving the physical and psychological symptoms of mental and emotional challenges with astonishing advancements – but what of the spirit…the essence of the individual?
In the book Dirt, TRUTH, Music and Bungee Cords I chronicle my professional journey of discovery as to why there is so little attention to the spiritual component of helping people and why there has been so little consideration to my own spiritual growth. Hopefully you will see how a late night view of a simple wavy window changed everything. I continue to consult to the mental health field and when possible apply my efforts to clinical transformation and integrating Eastern psychological interventions into best practices.
I live in the green countryside of Southeastern Pennsylvania with my daughter Case and continue to write and study with my team of soulful interventionist and through that effort constantly review my own personal transformation. Case and I run or walk daily and apply as much remaining energy that we have to try address the issue of homelessness.