Licensed Pastoral Counselor, PhD
I am a Licensed Pastoral Counselor (LPC), licensed by the Department of Professional Licensing in the State of Kentucky. I specialize in providing psychological counseling, companionship, and spiritual guidance to our clients who may be going through life transitions and various crises of life. Although I began counseling clients before 2007, my professional clinical pastoral counseling began in 2008 after completing a Master's degree in Clinical Pastoral Care and Counseling from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. I proceeded to complete a Ph.D. in Pastoral Family Therapy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. After graduation in April 2014, I was able to register with Council for Spiritual and Pastoral Counsellors (CSPC).
My license follows the completion of my Chaplain Residency and internship at Bridgeport Hospital. It is one of the hospitals in the Yale-New Haven Health System in Connecticut.
Prior to residency, I completed 3 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Stellenbosch University's Academic Hospitals as a practical component of the Master's degree in Clinical Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Altogether, I have 6.5 CPE Units of which 4 were spent in Psychiatric units as a behavioral health chaplain.
That is why I am able to accompany patients, families, staff or any client in different contexts. At the peak of covid-19, I joined an ICU staff to create a mask and hat for a teddy bear as art therapy.
I have gained quite significant experience in facilitating various group therapy sessions, and workshops in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the USA over the past 15 years. During this time I have listened to hundreds of stories and observed the transforming and healing power of narrating one's life story to a caring and compassionate listener. Healing begins when we feel listened to in a non-judgemental space.
From the year 2005 to 2012, I have been involved in teaching as an adjunct lecturer at the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. I taught conflict resolution and Areas of Counseling to community and religious leaders.
Following a two-year advanced course in Pastoral Care and Counseling at the University of Pretoria, I taught decentralized courses for the University of Pretoria's Centre for Contextual Ministry from 2012 to 2018. I taught Pastoral Care, Crisis & Trauma Support, and Advanced Trauma Counselling. While in residency, I had opportunities to facilitate didactics with my peer chaplain residents.
During my six years of Ph.D. studies, I worked with survivors of various types of traumatic experiences in South Africa, and together we explored and experimented with ways to heal traumas. Following my graduation on April 25, 2014, I was appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of South Africa. Here I engaged in rigorous research and published seven peer-reviewed journal articles. I was later appointed as a research associate for the University of Pretoria where I published my recent book: Re-authoring life narratives shattered by trauma: A holistic narrative model of care.
The book details the six years of the trauma healing project, which I initiated as a doctoral research project.
Not only did I obtain academic papers, but I had an opportunity to experiment with various approaches to healing survivors of trauma.
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