Masters of Divinity Degree -1995
Master of Arts Degree - 2011
Consultant & Teacher Training
Meditation and Mantra (Dr. David Frawley)
Yoga TTC (200 Hours)
Tarot Consulting Certificate Course (TCCC)
Hospice Chaplain 1998-2013
Chaplain Training 1995-1998
American Academy of Psychotherapists
Yoga Alliance (Pending)
American Psychotherapy and Clinical Hynosis Association
A Personal Note. I was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1963. I quickly left the little Island and ended up in New York City for the next 18 years. I eventually made my way south, where I have lived ever since.
The spiritual journey is paramount for me. In fact, much of my career (clergy, chaplain) has revolved around spiritual work with patients and family members. What spiritual or spirituality means to me may differ from your own definition. But if you want to know, I value all faith and spiritual traditions.
I've traveled more than I imagined I would. Some via military. Other and more rewarding journeys include India--Varanasi, Sarneth (2016) and Rishikesh (2019)--where rich spiritual history abounds and where I received training in meditation and Kundalini Yoga. Below are a few pictures in Sarneth, the Ganga, Rishikesh and more...
Things to Know about Therapy
Psychotherapy is often misunderstood due to a lack of knowledge about the work itself, the conscious restless demand for order, or an unaware bias that aims to make it look like an unworthy choice altogether. Couple any one of these with a desperate need to resolve and you will certainly be disappointed. Psychotherapy points to the need for deeper adjustments. Often, it isn't the obvious. It isn't solely about communication or about finding those few 'magical' how-to formulas, just as not a few have realized that it wasn't just a headache.
The psyche is a wonderful, constantly moving place but not without its slippery terrain. The mind likes to simplify things, but it also has its way of complicating. It projects and, thus, creates a world we think is real. It deceives itself and then proclaims it true. The mind cleverly rationalizes and even self-sabotages itself in a most cunning way. What it doesn't do easily--at least not without a fight--is own its doing.
Psychotherapy is like microscope in the hands of a skilled professional or a diagnostic tool run by a licensed mechanic. And these valuable machines can often make deep impressions that have far more lasting value than the "band-aid" approach. Psychotherapy, at least as I see it, isn't about "a shrink fixin problems." While it can help resolve, it is really about investing toward creating and sustaining a balanced journey in life that will impact our personal, relational, and professional lives.