Welcome to Reclaiming Authenticity
The courage to reclaim that which has always been in you
We are all beautiful souls made in the image of God, full of inherent value, dignity and worth. Yet, we may struggle to accept this truth because our attention is often diverted to focus solely on outward appearances and behaviors. In other words, we all live with some degree of ignorance of our soul consciousness. We may get glimpses of it, but never attain the full extent, because physical, emotional and psychological issues cloud our vision of who we truly are.
The greatest effect hearing the cries of our ancestors has on us not only comes from getting in touch with our own soul’s voice, but also it awakens us to hear the cries of those who have no voice today. There has always existed in society a pattern of disenfranchising the weak and wounded; people who have been labeled as unloveable, untouchable and therefore, unreachable. For some, disenfranchisement was due to their disease or illness. For others it was due to their poverty. Still, for others it was due to their gender, race, religion, politics, or social class. Many in society preferred such people not to be seen, let alone heard from. However, just as the cries of our ancestors, and those who have been the victims of crimes against humanity, can never be silenced, so too are the cries of the disenfranchised heared above the din of everyday life. Their cries are not only heard deep with the soul, but also their pain is given a voice through those who speak for them.
I hold a Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision from Loyola University's Pastoral Counseling Program. This degree is a personal and professional integrational of clinical mental health psychology along with one’s spiritual growth.
I am a Full Professor and Director of the Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Program at Neumann University in Aston, PA.
I hold a professional counseling license in Pennsylvania, as well as professional memberships in the American Counseling Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, International Association of Trauma Professionals. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
I am an ordained Elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. I have experience as an Interim Pastor, bringing healing to congregations in various stages of transitions.
I am a published in scholarly academic journals, and with Xulon Press and West Bow Press.
I have participated in numerous Native American ceremonies, e.g., dances, sweat lodges, pipe celebrations, drum vision quests, etc. ·
My research interests involving Intergeneration Trauma have taken me to various cities and countries, e.g., Indian Reservations in South Dakota, New Mexico and Arizona; the Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario, Canada; Mother/Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Cork and Tuam, Ireland; and further soul teaching and awareness from Hindu and Sikh gurus in Vrindavan, Karnal and Haridwar, India. · I also currently maintain a mental health practice which specializes in resolving loss and grief issues, trauma and intergenerational trauma issues, crisis, suicide, survivors of sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, integrating spirituality into mental health issues, etc.