I am honored to be a part of a community of professionals who have found their calling in the art of compassionately helping people heal from their personal histories of woundedness.
As much as I have learned from and appreciate the contributions these incredible people have made to my life and career, I am not writing this book for them. Their giftedness and clinical expertise is the stuff of legends, their books and scholarly contributions immensely helpful. I am writing this book for the masses of dear people who are suffering from the unprocessed pain of their past, desperately trying to manage often debilitating feelings of emotional paralysis, worthlessness, anxiety, and fear and feeling utterly helpless and hopeless to find the peace, freedom, and healthy sense of self they long for. If you are a professional people helper, please forgive the absence of extensive footnotes and citations – I just don’t want any of that to get in the way of what I hope will be a simple, straightforward explanation of why for many dear people life just isn’t working and how to experience deep, meaningful, and healing change. I am so grateful for your willingness to respond to the sacred calling of facilitating people’s transformation and pray many of my readers will seek you out.
To all those seeking hope, may I encourage you to realize that healing is a journey of sacred suffering that is worth the time and effort all because you are worth it, no matter what life has taught you otherwise.
John is a Licensed Professional Psychotherapist (LPC) and ordained pastor who has been supporting people through pastoral counseling, pastoral ministry, spiritual formation, small group leadership and individual, couples, family, and group professional counseling for over 30 years. He is passionate about integrating scripturally sound psychological principles with the Word of God as the basis of his approach to counseling. His calling is to be used by God as a vessel for the healing ministry of Jesus Christ as articulated by the Lord Himself in Luke 4:16-21.
John received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Biblical Theological Studies from Lincoln Christian College and his Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. He is nationally board certified in Professional Counseling. John has also earned the Certified Expert Trauma Professional credential through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
In addition to his Master’s in Professional Counseling, John has studied Biblical Integration at the Psychological Studies Institute, now Richmont University, in Atlanta, and has over 30 hours of post-graduate studies in theology from the Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He was privileged to study under and be personally ministered to by the late Dr. Eugene Peterson (The Message).