Since I only have a second to introduce myself, I'll dive right
in and save you the fluff. I'm a trauma survivor who has
navigated the debilitating terrain of PTSD, major depression, OCD, and anxiety disorder.
I'm dedicated to the contemplative way. Both the dark night of the soul and experiences of the intoxicating ecstasy of divine union have been close companions of mine for the past 20 years. During that same two decade period, I've been exploring the intersections and entanglements between mental health, spirituality, neurobiology, and theology.
The deep dives I've taken into the dark particularities of
my own story and the debilitating mental and emotional
challenges I've navigated have invited me to use my pain to facilitate healing for others. This is what I do as a writer, trauma-informed spiritual director, and therapeutic practitioner (soon to be Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of MI).
I believe the crux of the human journey has to do with
being shattered into wholeness.
I guide people into reintegrating the traumatized
parts of themselves so they can begin restorying their lives and reimagining their sacred role in the world.
I am a follower of Jesus and believe that resurrection and
rebirth are happening within us, all around us, and through
us, and that love is stronger than death. That being said, I
am strongly ecumenical and honor and respect atheists,
agnostics, those who identify as spiritual but not religious,
and those who practice one of the many world religions.
I have far more questions than I do answers, which means
I seek to live the questions more than try to search for
answers. But I am certain of at least one thing: you are a
living story, and your life is one of the greatest stories ever
A bit about my background:
My first career was in international relief, development and mission, which took me to live in fifteen cities on five continents. I have a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, expected 2021), a MA
in Theology & Culture (The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) and a BS from University of Vermont.
I'm a surfer and waterman, currently living landlocked in
Holland, MI with my wife Katie and our triplets, Kirby Sitka,
Fin Eckhart, and Kailani Sophia.