I’m interested in what makes people and organizations tick. I’ve spent half my life trying to understand the dynamics of power and abuse, conflict and resolution, as well as how people’s gifts and natures manifest and unfold. In the 1980’s, I founded a management consulting firm, which I ran for 12 years, working with companies large and small in order to foster empowerment, development, and meaning in the lives of workers across America.
But this was not enough; I became more and more interested in the inner workings of people—why some thrived and others failed. I refocused my life: becoming a therapist, a counselor, and educator, ultimately becoming certified as a Diplomate of Process Work and teaching psychology at the University level for eight years. My focus has been understanding body symptoms, addictions, dream interpretation, conflict facilitation, and organizational development.
While my interest in psychology led me to study the dynamics of individual and cultural diversity, I wanted to do more. I wanted to access the legal system—the power of the constitution and the courts—in order to serve even more people. In law school I performed at the top of my class. As a lawyer I devoted myself to mediation and litigation: understanding arguments, counter-arguments, evidence, due process, and the psychology of compromise. While I was able to serve my clients, my heart was perhaps a bit softer than a lawyer’s heart should be.
This first began to manifest itself as extensive pro-bono work. I donated countless hours of legal counsel to the under-represented who are victimized by the expensive and esoteric nature of the legal system. I helped women in prison and those who could not afford adequate representation. I donated so much time that the state of Oregon presented me with an award. Though it was nice to receive the special recognition, it wasn’t ultimately enough to make me want to continue in the somewhat rigid practice of law. I spent the last couple of years writing and teaching in order to educate even a broader audience.