I'm a generalist by practice with specialized training in pastoral counseling, and forensic psychology (not guilty by reason of insanity and unfit to stand trial population). I started my career studying philosophy - rationally investigating the truths and principles of reality, being, knowledge, and conduct. My honors thesis concerned issues central to philosophy of religion, and related to psychology, beliefs, and faith. Its focus was a logical examination of the reductionistic positions on religion of Sigmund Freud as compared to the anti-reductionistic positions of William James and Soren Kierkegaard. The former believing that faith in God stunts human growth and development, while the latter two argued that faith was necessary for human growth, development and self-actualization. I began clinical practice in the role of Chaplain in the Major Surgery and Trauma unit at Duke University Medical Center. The intentional focus of my clinical work was crisis, trauma and grief counseling. Simultaneously, having trained and competed as an amateur bodybuilder for years, I was an avid student of human anatomy and physiology. Taking my interest in the integration of mind, body, and spirit to another level, after graduating from Duke and prior to beginning doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology, I sat for and passed the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer exam. My intention was to train & coach individuals and couples on how to work with their bodies to improve their physical performance & fitness, and develop healthy, symmetrical physiques.
My practice is best characterized as integrated; I've made a consistent, conscious effort to integrate philosophy, theology, psychology, and the mechanics of the body intellectually and in practice: Mind-Body-Spirit. This interdisciplinary focus of study and comprehensive, holistic heuristic fundamentally informs my understanding of human beings, suffering, life and living, and guides my practice; I take a mind-body-spirit approach to human problems, pain and suffering. Philosophically, I am a critical psychologist, meaning, most fundamentally, I share the scientific perspectives of the Critical Psychiatry Network and the Council on Evidence-based Psychiatry, both of the UK.