My Academic & Mentoring Background:

I earned an M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University (one of North America's few non-sectarian Buddhist universities, one of the epicenters of the modern mindfulness movement). I also pursued post-graduate studies in archetypal psychology, ecopsychology, Jungian Dreambody work (process-oriented psychology), comparative religious studies, spiritual direction studies, and Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP), a course of study developed by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

In addition to academia and practicing counseling in the late 90s, I studied for a decade with Darion Kuma Gracen (1949-2007) -- counselor, educator, wilderness guide, and mentor who developed and guided a three-year facilitator training in a form of spiritual direction work she called Life-Path Exploration. Rather than a focus on reparative mental health counseling, addictions or trauma recovery, or issues traditional to counseling psychology, Life-Path Exploration is geared toward spiritual cultivation, human potential, and creative inquiry; in other words, answering the call of the soul.

My Personal Spiritual Journey & Orientation

My spiritual journey began, in earnest, at the ripe age of twelve, spurred by a series of numinous dreams and synchronicities that initiated a deep search in my life. Though I was raised in a Christian home with two clergy parents (one of whom was a chaplain and CPE supervisor), my process of seeking took me away from their faith tradition into a cross-cultural exploration of Nature-oriented spirituality and, eventually, a deep process of study of traditions originating in the Far East.

By the time I reached my college and graduate school years, this included formal academic studies of Pure Land, Shingon, and Zen Buddhism, Shinto, Shugendo, and Taoist philosophy, along with experiential studies and training in Aikido, Kannagara no Michi (original Shinto), and different aspects of Zen aesthetics and contemplative arts.

In time, I would meet my late teacher, whose own spirituality and lifestyle was an amalgamation of various orientations and practices she referred to as Wayfaring -- a creative spirituality that emphasized what she described as the Three C's: contemplative practice, connecting with Great Nature, and creative expression.

I continue to follow this way-within-the-Way while simultaneously adhering to an interfaith ethic in my work with others. I see my role as one of "holding a lantern of inquiry" -- supporting each person to follow the path that calls to them through tracking and co-exploring the stirrings and emerging themes that foster their own blooming of soul.

Year-long SIP Program (Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy), 2021

Life Path Exploration Facilitator Training I, II, III with Darion Kuma Gracen, 1996-1998

M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University, 1996

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Naropa University, 1993

Humanistic Psychology/Japanese Religions, Northland College, 1988-1991


Post-Graduate Jungian Studies and Advanced Dreamwork with Clyde Reid, Ph.D.

Diversity Awareness Training with Victor Lewis

Process-Oriented Psychology & Dreambody Training with Max Schupbach and Jytte Vikkelsoe

850-hour supervised graduate clinical internship


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Contemplative soulwork is a form of spiritual companioning, creative inquiry, and life path exploration. Our work together is held in strict confidentiality. Though I have a graduate degree in counseling psychology and advanced training in psychotherapy, this work is not therapeutic in focus and not intended to serve as a substitute for mental health counseling, psychiatric treatment, addiction recovery, or other medical care. If in the process of working together, themes, content, or issues arise that necessitate traditional counseling, psychotherapy, recovery work, or psychiatric services, every effort will be made to connect you with those resources.