Sunday, September 4, 2011

Life Management Skills

September 4, 2011

Dear friends,

Some of you eagle-eyed readers have noticed changes in my website and have asked about the new services I am offering. So. . . a word of explanation.

This year marked a milestone birthday for me. It is time for new personal goals and restructuring my practice. My work as a therapist has been personally and professionally gratifying. However, it is time now to lay down the responsibilities that this work entails.

I have decided, however, to continue to work. I will provide direct services to clients by appointment through Life Management Services, Inc. In this new context, services will be focused on life management skills and spiritual development rather than therapy. I will continue limited teaching and speaking engagements.

I am exploring some writing opportunities. I will continue my blog, and trust that I will become more incisive and skillful in communicating with all of you.

The office telephone number will remain the same: 720-898-1948. You can continue to reach me by email at

My current interest in helping people to live effectively has emerged over the decades in which I have worked as a therapist. I am convinced that many individuals experience a significant deficit in the skills required for effective living and spiritual maturity. Lack of these skills inevitably leads to serious problems. I do not believe, however, that it is either accurate or helpful to label all these problems as mental health disorders.

“Is there a ‘spiritual’ way to change the oil in my car?” a client asked me one day, tongue-in-cheek. Despite the smile in its context, it was an edgy, on-target question: do patterns of spiritual maturity and new skills in living occur through management of the everyday affairs of common life?

I believe that they do.

The mentoring, teaching, tutoring and encouragement I plan to continue to offer through Life Management Services reflects a broadly Christian context and assistance tailored to individual needs. My goal is to assist individuals to acquire new skills for living, and to develop spiritual maturity through conscious, deliberate use of their “…sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life.”

It is not possible to have a trouble free life. It is possible to have a good life, and to learn to live the life we have well.

Every day is a gift worth living well. Seeking help to live each day well is wisdom, not weakness, and a lifelong bargain in the end.

See you next week.


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