Personal Growth for a Flourishing Planet
The creation of Forest Center comes out of an amalgam of the above experiences together with the conviction that personal transformation
within a wider ecological-social context is a crucial aspect in our efforts to create a human culture able to live reciprocally with the living Earth.
My role as a facilitator/counselor at Forest Center is similar from my role as a psychotherapist - yet with a twist. In these personal growth sessions
I carefully design opportunities for those interested in understanding
and cultivating the self in an eco-centered manner - a manner that considers the wellbeing of self, society and nature as interconnected.
Throughout four decades I have served in the mental health field working as a psychotherapist with individuals committed to their emotional and interpersonal healing. While completing a Masters and a Doctorate I developed an affinity for a humanistic approach. Its focus on our greater human potential has guided and sustained my work. As today's disquieting uncertainty about our future became increasingly apparent to me I decided to make a shift in the way I work that stretches the boundaries of this human-focused perspective. It became important to adopt a more whole-centered framework and do my small part to contribute to a life-affirming society.
I was drawn to ecopsychology and deep ecology which address the interactions between ecological, social and psychological forces and, in turn, reveal the complexity of our planetary situation. To better comprehend this complexity, the far-reaching crisis of our times, and my own role in its causes and solutions, I participated in numerous programs and training opportunities including the following:
~Animas Valley Institute's wilderness-based programs
~Work That Reconnects with Joanna Macy
~Transition Trainer Certification through Transition U.S.
~Mentorship with ecopsychology instructor & author, Andy Fisher
~Permaculture Design Course at Grow Permaculture
~Interfaith/Interspiritual Seminary Program through One Spirit Learning Alliance
~Facilitator Training for the Awakening The Dreamer Symposium (Pachamama Alliance)
In 2008 I founded the Bridge, a nonprofit organization in Tampa whose purpose was to discuss and more deeply understand paradigm-shifting ideas while building community. The Bridge was successfully engaged in the community for ten years offering a wide variety of programs.