David’s Personal Bio

The journey you are considering is one I myself have taken. Born into a large family filled with conflict, I lived in continual feelings of fear and anger. My parents were good, hard working people who did not know how to be emotionally supportive and accepting. Shame and harsh discipline were their well-intended disciplinary tools. As my heart split into a battleground between the Prodigal Son and the Elder Brother, I found myself alternately rebelling and trying to get everything right.

The accidental death of an older brother when I was eleven, the only family member with whom I felt safe, left me feeling more alone than ever. In music, athletics and a hyper-religiosity, I sought a means to feel that I was acceptable. After graduate school, within six months of taking my first job, I crashed and burned. I felt like a hopeless failure and developed an illness that went undiagnosed for 45 years. Years of psychotherapy and spiritual searching followed with a few good and, unfortunately, a few incompetent therapists. I was floundering, wounded and confused, driven by a hope that healing of body and soul was possible; so I persisted until I finally found the healing and peace I sought. My Elder Brother and Prodigal Son made peace with each other.

The illness, first blamed on a bad attitude and a way to manipulate sympathy, persists, but it turns out it was a genetically based, unusual form of arthritis. But I see it now as a teacher at whose hands I have learned some humility, some wisdom, some patience and some compassion I otherwise might not have learned.

Retirement does not appeal to me. I love what I do; integrating spiritual and psychological insights in a holistic manner. I enjoy bringing a lifetime of personal experience and professional training to those who seek my help. Should you chose to work with me, I will be your faithful teacher and guide.