Rev. Dr. Joe;   A Brief Biography:

Professional Career:

Certified in M.F.T, Hypnotherapy, Thanatology, and Relationship Enhancement Counseling my clinical practice of counseling psychology, integrating spirituality via a Contextual Therapy modality, currently provides Separation & Loss (Grief) Counseling, faith-based Guided Imagery/Hypnotherapy (focus on depression and anxiety disorders, etc.), and Life Transitions Counseling:  specializing in intergenerational family justice/ethical relational psychology.

 

After completing my Master’s Degree, I began specialized clinical practice integrating psycho-spiritual therapy healing at the age of 31, as a hospital and hospice chaplain in addition to my private group clinical practice (6 yrs; in a Social Work Clinical Supervisor group practice).  During my Doctoral Level studies, I was Director of The Counseling Institute & Pastoral Counseling/Psychiatric Service (KidsPeace,Inc.), Bethlehem PA (8 yrs, supervising 20 staff & faculty members), and Owner/Manager of private & group Psychiatric Supervised clinical practice (17 yrs; providing a minimum 20 clinical hrs/wk for 25 yrs).  

 

Currently, my clinical practice of counseling psychology provides Separation & Loss (Grief) Counseling, faith-based Guided Imagery/Hypnotherapy (focus on depression and anxiety disorders, etc.), Relationship Enhancement Counseling; and Life’s Transitions Counseling: specializing in intergenerational ethical relational psychology, integrating spirituality via a Contextual Therapy modality.  Although I do not accept medical insurance, your sessions may be eligible for medical deduction both on your taxes and Health Savings or Health Reimbursement Account. HSA, HRA, and FSA plans are employer-funded medical reimbursement plans. 

 

Here in Cazadero, CA, I offer a specialized opportunity of reflection, restoration and renewal @ “The Theosphere:  Russian River Retreats and Renewal ”, where I also offer counseling and psycho-educational events, etc.   As W. Brueggeman says, “the home of hope is hurt,” and it is seldom comfort or security.  So, I open my heart, mind and spirit, as well as my home, as a sacred resource of hope for those whose hurt leads them as fellow travelers on The Way.

 

For me, being a contemplative spiritual guide is a way of life as well as a profession.  Being a contemplative invites us to trust the subtle, liberating power of God's Loving Spirit/Energy which mysteriously flows within, among, and far beyond each of us.  It can be a prayerful doorway to transformation, restoration and revitalizing action offered here during individual sessions, a brief 3-day overnight/weekend, a 5-8 day personal guided or non-guided retreat, or 1-Day Retreat or Event/Workshop for colleagues in the healing and caring professions: clergy/religious, counselors, educators, human services, chefs, writers, etc...you!

 

Education:

After a B.A in Biblical Literature, a Th.B (Bachelor of Theology), a Master of Divinity (M.Div, Princeton/Drew University) and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (M.A.P.C., Moravian Theo. Sem.), my Doctoral Degree is in Ministry/Counseling Psychology (Drew Theo. Sem./Ph. D, candidate California Coast University).  I am professionally trained as a pastoral counselor integrating spirituality and psychology in a family justice based Contextual Therapy (Martin Buber) intergenerational ethical relational modality.

 

Come on retreat... offering counseling and spiritual practice as transformative through relational connectedness on the direct path of centering prayer, contemplation, mindful meditation, and guided imagery, while supporting the healing and wellness of body, mind, and spirit in this sacred space of awe & wonder!