I am married to a wonderful woman, Jeanine. She is also a spiritual seeker and psychotherapist. We live in the woods just east of Asheville, North Carolina, across a pasture from family who are among our dearest friends. We have two adult children who are both role models for me. (One of them helps the city where she lives address the realities of climate change. The other built this website.)
I start and end most days with a walk or run in the woods and with a time of meditation. I am nourished also by the company of friends and family who don’t live across the pasture, by the witness of trees, by many books, and by the wisdom of Christianity and other spiritual traditions.
My professional life centers around a therapy practice in Asheville, North Carolina. I am deeply grateful to the people who come talk with me there. I pray that the conversations we have help them give more clear-eyed, full-hearted attention to their lives, and that paying attention in those ways, in the presence of another, helps lessen their suffering and expand their aliveness. I know those conversations do that for me.
Beyond that therapy practice, I am grateful for several other wonderful opportunities. I began and direct the Residency in Psychotherapy and Spirituality for CareNet/Wake Forest Baptist Health, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (teaching and supervising early-in-their-career therapists). I developed a nationally delivered workshop-format curriculum and certification program in spiritually integrated psychotherapy for ACPE. I’ve written a book about psychotherapy and spirituality and write a monthly blog for Psychology Today. And I speak and teach at conferences and workshops as often as I’m able.
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
- Mary Oliver