I am first an Orthodox Christian, married and father of three, therapist, and lover of all things culture. I’ve studied Spanish, German, French, Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew and can’t speak any of them worth a damn; I’ve lived or traveled in 18 countries; I’ve spent my entire literate life studying theology, history, philosophy, and psychology; I once slept in the woods of Northern Arizona for 9 days fasting and praying just to see if God would show up; I sing, play guitar, mandolin, and bagpipes but suck at all of them; I am a life long runner, mountain biker, and freshly pressed swimmer, I also suck at all of those except running; I was a decent artist – pencil drawing mostly – but gave it up after high school. I have a fairly significant addiction to YouTube and hate Hallmark Christmas movies with equal passion.
I spent 4 years earning an almost completely useless BA degree in Pastoral Ministry; another 2 years earning an MA in Theological and Historical Studies, and finished off my academic me-time with an MS in Counseling Psychology. I am currently a psychotherapist in private practice working mostly with adults suffering with anxiety, depression, and trauma disorders.
Books I’m working through:
(1) “Athens and Jerusalem,” by Lev Shestov; (2) “The Ethics of Beauty” by Timothy G. Patitsas; (3) “EMDR Toolbox” by Jim Knipe; (4) “Achilles in Vietnam” by Jonathan Shay; and (5) “The Philokalia, Vol. 2” compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain
(Updated April 17, 2021)