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Alex’s Theoretical Orientation

Theology

Alex grew up a culturally German Lutheran. Subsequently, much of his church experience has been in the Wesleyan tradition. With his family, he currently attends a Reformed congregation.

Alex takes a populist approach to theology, one that attempts to diffuse intellectual elitism and dispense of insider lingo and practice. He espouses a way of belief that average people can relate to and live out on a daily basis as they seek to follow the counter-cultural way of Jesus.

Alex’s current desire is to partner with others to cultivate a vital  relationship with Jesus Christ as a real and present person vs. cognitively knowing him as the doctrinal and ethereal concept that is emphasized in many church circles. To that end, he focused on the following areas while pursuing dual Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and Christian Studies:

  • Ecclesiology (the academic jargon for the study of the church and church structures)
  • Institutional structure and its impacts on mission
  • Leadership pathology and its impacts on congregations and nonprofits
  • Spiritual formation
  • The history of the Moravian movement
  • Jesus’ participation in table fellowship and hospitality as a means of gathering with the seeking, reviled and antagonistic
  • Eastern Orthodox theology, in particaulr theosis (our growing union with Christ)
  • Monastic tradition and its application in the post-modern context

The Church

Alex struggles with cynicism over a prevalently institutionalized church. Yet, he remains very challenged to live as part of the Body of Christ in tangible ways, working to cultivate relationships with the seeking, the antagonistic, and the hurting. He is interested in creatively recalibrating individuals and communities of faith with the dynamics found in the first-century Church.

Therapeutic


Alex’s background is focused in object relations, attachment-based psychodynamic, narrative therapy with some DBT and Buberian “I-Thou” dynamics thrown in for good measure.  In therapy, Alex works with clients to honestly understand the nature of their narcissism, their attachments to God and family in early life, and the traumas that impact their maladaptive ways of relating to others.

Alex’s work reflects the didactic teachings found in Changes That Heal: How to Understand Your Past to Ensure a Healthier Future, by Henry Cloud. He studied under mentors Dan Allender and Roy Barsness at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He completed his clinical internship at Meier Clinic (formerly Minirth-Meier New Life Clinics) where he worked with families, individuals and church leaders suffering personal crises and the profound effects of past trauma.

Lifestyle
 Design

Alex is interested in integrating the principles of Tim Ferriss, author of The Four-Hour Work Week, with the traditional Christian idea of tent-making, or living bi-vocationally, to support the work of mercy and justice. In his own life and with clients, he seeks to discover creative means of financial provision that empower us to more richly serve others, motivated by the grace and redemption of Christ.