I am a pastoral counselor in private practice located at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 3387 Walnut Grove Road, and with the Church Health Center, both in Memphis. I teach pastoral care at Memphis Theological Seminary, and Behavior Health for Medical Residents at Baptist Memorial Hospital and the Church Health Center (a partnership residency program).
Pastoral counseling is a specialized ministry of psychotherapy with an eye for the theological and spiritual issues underlying people’s lives. I work with individual adults, couples, families, and teenagers, on a fee basis. Patients I see at the Church Health Center are seen on a sliding fee scale.
People come to me with problems related to depression, anxiety, relationships, vocation, and spirituality. I seek to be a good listener, help with insight, and we develop a plan for change.
I also offer supervision/consultation for psychotherapists and expect to offer training in pastoral counseling at Memphis Theological Seminary in 2017.
I am a Tennessee Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist, past President of the Tennessee Association of Pastoral Therapists, and a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, recently the Certification Chair.
I am also a folksinger and storyteller and part of a contra-dance band named the EarthQuakers. I primarily play two instruments, guitar and hammer dulcimer, with two CD recordings. I tell stories all over, write books and essays, and speak in a variety of settings, usually churches. I teach waltz and Zydeco dance. I am a Quaker.
Education: B.A. from Hendrix College (Arkansas); M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary (New York); Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health (New York); Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology (Kansas City).
I seek to bring personal fulfillment, spiritual integrity, joy for life, and professional rigor to seekers of healing, creativity, and learning.
Books: Building the Therapeutic Sanctuary: The Fundamentals of Psychotherapy from a Pastoral Counseling Prospective
Home Again: A Pilgrimage of Father and Son
The Spirituality of Community Life: When We Come ‘Round Right
Walking in Memphis: 16 Historic Tours
CDs: Howjado? Songs and Stories for the Very Young
Not Yet Growed Up: Songs and Stories