I have always found satisfaction in helping others. After pursuing careers in medicine and ministry I found in psychoanalysis an integration of mind, body, and spirit that helped me connect more deeply with myself and others. As the founding Director of this Center, I have worked for 25 years to help resolve conflicts of faith and identity. Depth therapy is often the treatment of choice for persistent problems such as when you find your career path thwarted, seek to experience greater intimacy in your marriage, struggle with sexual dysfunction, find your faith and personal goals in conflict, or seek to overcome self-defeating behaviors. I appreciate how difficult it can be to know one’s own feelings or desires, so I will patiently work with you to understand your own mind and the minds of others more clearly and honestly. As a psychoanalyst, I have seen that the journey to wholeness, deeper commitment, and peace is a journey downward rather than upward.
As both psychologist, psychoanalyst, and theologian, my training in mental functioning understands persons as fundamentally relational but flawed in ways that distort the truths about ourselves and others. By growing in emotional intelligence, we can overcome self-distortions and deficits freeing us to develop greater resilience, spiritual authenticity, gratitude and love.
In addition to directing this Center for 25 years, I have supervised psychiatry residents for 15 years as Adjunct Faculty in the UNC Department of Psychiatry. I am past president and current faculty for the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas, and I was the Director of the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas. I am a graduate of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Carolinas, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and have a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. I am a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the American Psychological Association.