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.  Philosophy is the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, and conduct.  My honors thesis logically examined 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 as a Chaplain in the Major Surgery and Trauma unit at Duke University Medical Center.  The 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.  I've made a consistent, conscious effort to integrate philosophy, theology, psychology, and the mechanics of the body intellectually and in practice. This interdisciplinary focus of study and comprehensive, holistic heuristic fundamentally informs my understanding (of human beings, human problems, the mind-body-spirit relationship as a single whole) and guides my practice.  I'm a critical psychologist - critical of the education and mainstream professional practices of psychology.  For instance, regarding the use of psychiatric drugs, I share the view of British Psychiatrist Joanna Moncrieff, "SSRIs have no obvious place in the treatment of depression.  I can think of no good reason to prescribe them at all.”  (The Myth of the Chemical Cure).  I view the subject matter of psychology to properly belong to philosophy, within the humanities rather than the sciences, and take a mind-body-spirit approach to human problems, pain and suffering.