From my perspective and experience, it is practically impossible to separate our spirits from our bodies, our minds, and our relationships. Thus, my clinicial approach is wholistic, interdisciplinary, and multicultural. The words "religion" and "relationship" share the same root meaning of re-connecting. I believe that at the heart of re-ligious activity is a yearning to re-connect with and re-late to God, others, and ourselves. To me, psychotherapy is "soul" work; it is a spiritual, relational, and material journey towards be-ing in (or be-having) authentic relationships that some Jewish people call "shalom." I have also found it practically impossible to separate the individual from the cultural and the global. Thus, the process of sustainable change involves foodways, economics, politics, ecology, art and education.
I was raised in the Evangelical Free Church, baptized as an adult in the Mennonite Brethren Church, renewed in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, and held membership in the Christian Reformed Church. Today I am ecumenical and actively participate in inter-faith dialogues. My clinical training is in narrative and psychodrama and I am certified as a Action Methods Facilitator.
For information about John’s professional background and training click here. John can be reached at the Southwest Clinic of Pine Rest by calling (616) 222-3700.