Transformation and Healing After Trauma, Loss and Grief

Biography

I was born in a small town in Washington State and worked on the farms in the summer time. I also worked my way through college by working in a gas station. I went to graduate school and received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena in 1978. Since that time I worked in a number of clinical settings as a psychotherapist for both adults and adolescents in outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings. I also taught at the university level for 3 years at Azusa Pacific University. For 20 years I had experience with a broad range of individuals, functioning as a therapist for groups, individuals, and families. While practicing, I had numerous opportunities to work with individuals with traumatic losses. I consulted with The Bob Hope Airport, the VA Hospital, and numerous other hospitals, schools, and civic agencies in the area of Emergency Response. I also experienced the traumatic loss of a 6 month old child due to SIDS. That was a transforming experience which moved me to spend the next 10 years lecturing, consulting, doing critical incident debriefings, and workshops in the field of trauma. This culminated in my writing Trauma Loss and Bereavement; a survivor’s handbook. These concerns are also written about in my Blog: The Heroes Journey. For the past 10 years I worked with a Foster Family Agency dealing with children placed in foster and adoptive homes. During this time I brought my experience and knowledge of trauma to help understand the effects of trauma on children whose lives have been affected by placement in the foster care system. This resulted in the publication of my most recent book: Broken Systems Shattered Lives.

Outside of my profession my passions are classic cars, cycling, exercise, bonsai, foreign films, reading and writing. My family consists of two adult children and two amazing grandchildren.