For Coaches, Counselors, Psychotherapists
I enjoy sharing experiences with other professionals and have been supervising and mentoring coaches and counselors over the last 30 years. Over thirty-six years of experience as a psychotherapist, nineteen years as a coach and thirty-six years continuing education and professional training, are the basis for what is provided in peer consultation. The continuing education and professional training have been in the areas of: addictions, children and families, men and men’s groups, life coaching, executive coaching, meditation and mindfulness, sexual harassment, critical incident stress debriefing, diversity, the enneagram and New Equations*, 9Energies* and Ennead Method*.
*An enneagram of the body for understanding individuals’ strengths, their animating energy and the distinct differences in personal process, perspective, movement and use and understanding of language.
I use a coaching approach, engaging the professional to co-design and co-define the alliance between us, to define the goals and the path towards accomplishment, and the time frame for working together. When required my approach shifts to consultation around specific cases, use-of-self, business set up, ethics, risk management and other life or business circumstances.
Professional Training and Philosophy
A BA in Psychology was earned at Northeastern University, where the orientation was experimental and behavioral psychology. The cooperative work placements were in the Danvers State Hospital facility. From there photography and design were studied for 2½- years at the Montserrat School or Visual Art. Later I worked/trained on the in-patient mental health unit at Beverly Hospital for 3½-years before attending Boston College Graduate School of Social Work earning a Masters degree in clinical Social Work. There the course of most interest to me were addictions, children and adolescents, group and organizational work.
My second year internship became my first professional job as a psychotherapist at the Family Counseling and Guidance Centers a Catholic counseling center where the orientation and supervision was strictly psychodynamic. After 3½-years there, I moved into a group private practice and a part time psychotherapist position for two years at the Landmark School. I have been in private practice ever since.
Personal Philosophical Beliefs
People change, for the better or worse. As individuals we have the power and responsibility to influence the changes within us. Control is an illusion and we are still responsible to use our mind, body and spirit to bring about a harmony within these three spheres. The more we are able to establish and sustain this harmony, the more we find ourselves at peace, in the flow, creating the potential for contagious harmony moving into the lives of those around us.
The human body influences our purpose for being. The body needs to be understood and cared for. The body is the temple for that animating and divinely connected energy that is called soul, source of intuition, higher-self, observing-self or Self. The human body might be seen as the home of the soul.
The word spiritual for me connotes a sense of self-purpose, meaning for existence, and an integration of cognitive understanding along with a profound awareness of the intuitive-self. The notion of intuitive-self is another way of referencing the soul, and could also be ones connection to collective consciousness, which is what generates a sense oneness of being. Oneness of being feels like a collective connection to the Creator of the universe, the Universe, the Source, Tao, the Divine, God, Holy Spirit, Christ consciousness, Allah, Jehovah and any of the other names for this inexplicable higher power beyond our comprehension.
My role in the world is to be an instrument of the divine force in nature and all things, to witness, experience, engage, love and be in harmony with all that is. Like everyone else, I do the best I can.