Spiritual Chaplaincy

Individual Counseling sessions of 45 minutes / $45.00
Group sessions of 90 minutes / $60.00
Tuesday / Thursday
By Appointment only
 
 

Classes:

Mindfulness and Meditation Classes
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Courses (MBSR)
As scheduled

As a chaplain, I provide spiritual counseling to people of all religions, to people who are non-religious, and to those who are professed atheists. I myself was raised in a non-religious Jewish household and have been a practicing Buddhist for more than 20 years. I am authorized as a Buddhist chaplain in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, an outgrowth of the confluence of the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Tibet introduced in the west in 1975 by the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

As a Buddhist practitioner, I engage in mindfulness/awareness meditation and other types of contemplative practice on a regular basis. I am a dharma teacher at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta where I routinely provide meditation instruction and give dharma talks in addition to being a director of weekend retreats. As the Upadhyaya (chaplain) of the center, I officiate at weddings and funerals and provide counseling to members. Weekly, I travel to Jackson, Georgia to convene a meditation group with men on death row and to visit other inmates throughout the prison. I also serve as the Director of Societal Health & Well-being at the Atlanta Shambhala Center and as such sit on the Governing Council of this organization.

My prior background is as a speech-language pathologist working with children and adults, and as a psychotherapist doing play therapy with children. I have an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from George Washington University, an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, and a PhD in Human Resource Development from Georgia State University. I have trained in MBSR with John Kabat-Zinn. And I am a three time cancer survivor.