de's poratrait The preponderance of my current work is an encore career, chosen after graduating from the Seminary of the Southwest with a M.A. in Pastoral Ministry, at the age of 61. Prior to that event, I spent more than 25 years as a faculty member and administrator at Texas State University. My academic expertise is in educational psychology, especially the field of adult learning, and I continue to publish and lecture in that field.

For all of my professional life, I have been fascinated with how humans learn, grow, and change. The path from teacher to advisor to creator/manager of programs to writer to counselor continues to be exciting and rewarding. While I am licensed as an LPC in the state of Texas, I see myself as a pastoral counselor, a person who approaches others with a sense of mystery and the ability to enter into a therapeutic alliance with them so that they may reach their goals. This definition comes to life for me through two ancient concepts. The first is the Celtic tradition of anam cara, a soul friend who acts as a companion, teacher, and spiritual guide. With such a soul friend, you can share your innermost self, both your mind and your heart. The Buddhist tradition of Kalyana-mitra (noble friend) is a parallel concept of someone who knows your true face and compassionately confronts you with your own blindness. Both traditions posit that humans have a great need to be known and that this level of companionship provides the truest view of our souls. This pastoral relationship provides the foundation for my therapeutic work with a client.

My personal life is rewarding—a senior marriage, family and friends. I belong to and worship with the community of St. James Episcopal Church in East Austin.

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