some stuff about me...
By nature, I am a spiritual explorer and clarifier.
By training, an academic philosopher and certified IFS Therapist.
I integrate therapy, spirituality, and philosophy. Combining these overlapping disciplines has created my unique approach to mentoring, teaching and collaborating with clients and students.
In 2019 I created a physical space in St. Louis as an incubator for my work. Check out The Center For Inner Transformation here.
how i work...
I integrate psychology and spirituality with rigorous attention to persistent philosophical questions.
Philosophy clarifies ideas and cuts through the superficial. Psychotherapy brings care for human suffering to the universalizing wisdom of philosophy. Spirituality deepens and gives meaning to both, inviting our truest Selves to show up and shine.
And unless we attend to the troubled cultural environment in which we're steeped, our evolution personally and collectively will be painfully slow, at best.
my relationship with the IFS Institute...
Dick Schwartz, founder of IFS, is a good friend and has always supported my work here in St. Louis.
In the last couple of years, as demands on the IFS Institute bloomed, many dedicated IFS therapists have begun to offer what I think of as “pop-up” teaching modules to support the Institute and support the flourishing of IFS in the field. There is no vetting and affiliation process yet. I've talked directly with Katie Nelson (IFSI CEO) about this issue and hope to help the Institute formulate an affiliation strategy in 2024. In the meantime, please use your own discernment to know which of the many wonderful IFS offerings in the field will be best for you.
PhD in Philosophy from Washington University
AOS Discourse Ethics, 2001
MA in Counseling from Webster University, 2008
MA in Philosophy from Washington University, 1991
MAT & K-8 certification from Montclair State University, 1987
BA in Religion and Philosophy from Principia College, 1986
Training & Certification
IFS Level 1 Training: 2011
IFS Level 2 Training: 2016
IFS Level 3 Training: 2019
IFS Therapist Certification: 2021
IFS Consultant Certification: expected March, 2023
SQ21: Spiritual IQ Certification, 2015
Retreats with Pema Chodron, 2012, 2014
Safe Space Domestic Abuse Training, 2011
License in Professional Counseling, Missouri, 2010