In young adulthood, I spent time in politics and journalism – pretty natural for a guy who grew up in Washington, D.C.
Then something else took over -- what Jung called the individuation process began to unfold -- and led me to vocations more central to myself even than playing third base. At the University of Maryland, I discovered a strong academic bent and graduated summa cum laude. A few years later, a religious conversion led me to Chicago to join a Roman Catholic religious order. During seminary, I sought some counseling and the person I trusted to suggest a therapist sent me to a Jungian analyst. This changed my life.
My heart opened considerably during those years. I fell in love, and left my order to marry. This also brought a move into the Episcopal Church, where I fell in love again, this time with a wonderful, if eccentric church. And I began a Jungian journey that has been a wonderful extension of my priestly life.
Since 1984, when I came to Chicago, I’ve:
co-founded the AIDS Pastoral Care Network in 1985
pastored two Episcopal parishes from 1995 to 2014
helped lead the Chicago Jung Institute for nearly a decade, including serving as its president (2015-2018)
taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies (2014-2020)
worked as a psychotherapist since the 1980s (a Jungian analyst since 2007).
Today, I devote myself to inner work (psychotherapy, analysis, spiritual companioning) with individuals and an occasional couple. Because I’m not Jung – he himself famously declared, “Thank God I’m Jung and not a ‘Jungian’” -- I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about wrapping myself in his cloak. I’m more comfortable saying that as a Jungian analyst, I’ve undergone a specific training and been found competent to practice by other Jungian analysts, and I find his ideas the most helpful of any of the psychological theorists.
Other influences include contemporary psychoanalysis, self psychology, intersubjectivity, the relational school, and family systems thought (especially Bowen). If these are unfamiliar to you, don’t worry. I see a lot of therapists and this is language mostly for them. For non-specialists, it boils down to: I attend carefully to a) the relationship between us and b) the language of the unconscious and its processes. I’ll encourage you to do the same.
If our work is that of spiritual companionship – what is also called “spiritual direction” – all of the above applies, but we will:
emphasize your relationship with the Divine more than our relationship
probably meet less often (although this is negotiable)
likely use whatever spiritual language you speak more than Jung’s language of the Self and archetypes.
Training & Education
Analytic Diploma, C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. Thesis: The Good Shepherd: Explorations of an Archetypal Image
Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy with emphasis on Illness and Families,
Center for Family Health at the University of Chicago
Certificate in Pastoral Counseling at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy
Licensure – Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
University of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude
Catholic Theological Union, Master of Divinity
Chicago Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry in pastoral counseling.
Professional Paper on liturgy and ritual for people affected by AIDS.