Volume I: Contributors

Bruce Alderman, MA, is an Adjunct Faculty in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University. He currently teaches Paradigms of Consciousness, Fundamentals of Transpersonal Psychology, Fundamentals of Psychology, World Spirituality, Living Systems Theory, and Ethics and Compassion, and has served as a Thesis and Final Integrative Project adviser. Prior to working at JFKU, he worked and studied abroad for several years, including teaching courses on creative writing and inquiry at the Rajghat Besant School, a Krishnamurti school in Varanasi, India. His current areas of interest include Integral Theory and practice, transpersonal psychology, Integral post-metaphysical spirituality, the Time-Space-Knowledge vision, transformative arts, dream yoga, and interfaith dialogue. When he is not teaching or spending time with his family, he writes music and moderates an online discussion forum dedicated to Integral Post-metaphysical Spirituality.


G. Kenneth Bradford, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice, specializing in Contemplative-Existential psychotherapy and consultation. He is an Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University; formerly, Co-Director of Maitri Psychotherapy Institute and senior teaching associate with James Bugental. Ken has been a mindfulness and dzogchen practitioner for over 30 years, and is in the vanguard applying meditative sensibilities to psychotherapy. His publications address the psychology-spiritual interface, e.g., Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Vol. 2 (co-edited with John Prendergast) and articles on “Therapeutic Courage”, “Natural Resilience”, “The Play of Unconditioned Presence”, and “Contemplative Revisioning of Diagnosis”.


Kathy Buys, MFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist as well as an advanced certified shamanic practitioner and professional musician. She specializes in holistic approaches for musicians and those affected by trauma and obesity including children and adults. She also leads specialized tours to Ireland doing shamanic earth-based work with the Spirits at ancient sacred sites. When she’s home, Kathy supervises and teaches at The Child Therapy Institute of Marin in San Rafael, California and has a private practice in Albany and Antioch, California.


Gina Delligatta is a second-year graduate student in Transpersonal Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in California. She is interested in applying her understanding of Energy Medicine to the field of psychology.


Julia Deupree has studied Holistic Health at John F. Kennedy University, and is currently pursing a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, Maryland. From her extensive cross-cultural interactions, and her own personal health challenges with mainstream food, Julia has reached the conclusion that food forms the basis of how individuals and communities represent themselves. Upon graduation, she anticipates working as a holistic nutrition practitioner. It is her hope that her deep passion and knowledge regarding food and health will provide a foundation for helping individuals and agencies understand the importance of nutrition in forming the biologic and energetic essence of integrated persons and societies.


Lauren Funiestas is an MFT Trainee and graduate student at John F. Kennedy University, in Northern California. With an educational background in Criminal Justice Studies, Lauren’s experience in the mental health field includes working with formerly incarcerated homeless individuals in San Francisco County as well as at-risk youth and youth on probation in Contra Costa County. Her work integrates cultural diversity, indigenous Filipino spirituality and social justice advocacy as a basis for her future practice as a psychotherapist. “Madeline” is her first published work.


Lauren González, MFA, is a writer, editor, and therapist trainee in practice in Oakland, California. Her writing and editorial work has been widely published for 20 years. She is Co-founding Editor of the Journal of Holistic Psychology.


As an aspiring therapist, Kelsey A. Holt hopes to witness people as they become more aware of the questions and answers that reside within them. She believes that there exists a strand of grace and wisdom that weaves its way through the course of all lives. As she grows to know herself more deeply, she finds new ways to connect with this essential energy. Dance, cooking, meditation, relationships and Nature are some of the present ways she experiences the fullness of being alive.


Yohei Kato is a graduate student of Integral Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, in California. He is a manager of a non-profit organization that supports childhood cancer patients and their families by providing them with Integral Coaching to support their psychological health and development. His interest is in creating a new educational method based on coaching.

Visit his coaching service: http://integralcoaching-zenheart.jimdo.com.


Jahan Khamsehzadeh received his BA from the University of Arizona, with a major in Philosophy and minor in Psychology and Physics. He graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Master of Arts in Consciousness and Transformative Studies in Spring 2012. He plans on attending the Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Fall 2012. He is currently writing a book that further explains the ideas expressed in his essay, "Web of Being," and plans to have it published early next year.


Lacy Martinez is completing her MA in Holistic Counseling, with a Transpersonal specialization at John F. Kennedy University. She is a Bay Area native, and a founding team member of the online Holistic website AwakeningtheBay.com. She hopes to continue exploring archetypal and Jungian psychology by pursuing her doctoral degree, and eventually teach in a similar program.


Colleen Millen (ERYT-500) is a Forrest Yoga Guardian teacher and educator. From her initial certification in 2000, she launched her website: www.bluebuddhayoga.com to reflect her interest in bringing yoga to those who live with depression and throughout her teaching tenure she has led numerous workshops and classes on yoga and the emotional body, including a 7-week Yoga for Depression class series with companion workbook. She continues to meld her somatic education at John F. Kennedy University with yoga and will be presenting a workshop titled “Tracking Trauma: Building Embodiment Tools for Self Healing” at Forrest Yoga’s first-ever yoga conference summer 2012.


Nancy Orr, MFA lives and works in San Jose, California. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in 2009. She is in the process of purchasing land where she can build a home, grow food and put permaculture principles into practice.


Jonathan Reynolds is a meditation teacher and therapist intern living in Berkeley, California. His professional work is an integration of the practices of meditation, psychotherapy, personal embodiment, and conscious relationship. Jonathan is co-founding editor of the Journal of Holistic Psychology. To see Jonathan's complete bio, visit About Us.


Sherry Routson, BA, is a professional horse trainer and riding instructor and is licensed with the United States Equestrian Federation as a nationally ranked Dressage and Sport Horse judge. Routson lives in Walnut Creek, California, with her much loved horses, dogs, cats, ducks, husband and three sons. Routson credits the horses she has known during her lifetime for the most essential and inspiring learning experiences in her life. She attends the John F. Kennedy University Master’s program for psychology.


Andrea Shipley is a Master of Arts candidate in the Transpersonal Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University, in California. Art and nature have been Andrea’s major inspirations, and have played such ever-present roles in her life that there have been times when she didn’t even notice their importance. Designing the cover for Awakening a Holistic Psychology has assisted her in reawakening the connection to her creativity, and she’s grateful for the process. Her goal as a therapist is to help her clients explore these underappreciated areas within themselves; to help them rediscover their passion, true nature, and full potential through their connection to creativity and wilderness.


Erin Renée Smalley was born and raised in the Portland Metropolitan Area in Oregon and became an energy healer when she was initiated as a Reiki Master in her late teens. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from Portland Community College, and then relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, and graduated summa cum laude with a concentration in Transpersonal Studies. Also at JFK University, she is completing her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Transpersonal Psychology. Her goal is to become a licensed Transpersonal Marriage and Family Psychotherapist, as well as to continue uplifting the vibrations of humanity and the world through energy work.


Dr. Jeremy Taylor, a Unitarian Universalist minister, has worked with dreams for over thirty-five years. He blends the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective. He is convinced all dreams come for our health and wholeness, and have multiple layers of meaning. Co-founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, he has written four books on dreams and their relationship to our search for individuation and expanding community. He pioneered dream work on the internet and is currently the blogger on dreams for Psychology Today magazine (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-wisdom-your-dreams). He teaches classes and leads workshops all over the world.


Originally from the metro Boston area, Dave Walcott lives in Berkeley, CA, and is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy University Transpersonal Counseling Psychology MA program in Pleasant Hill, CA. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Rochester in New York state, and then moved to California and spent over a decade working in business technology and playing and teaching music before returning to school to get his masters degree from JFK. Dave now works as a Marriage and Family Therapist registered intern (supervised by Patricia E. Craven, LMFT #24859) at Heart in Balance Counseling Center in Oakland, CA, and draws from contemplative, existential, humanistic and somatic modalities in his therapy work with clients. Aside from working at Heart in Balance, he enjoys travel, music, poetry, photography, writing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and his cat Monk.


Jonathan Wanlass, MA, Consciousness & Transformative Studies, John F. Kennedy University, in California. For six years, Jonathan worked night and day transporting human remains from death scenes to county morgues, funeral homes, and medical schools as a self-titled "Post Mortem Transporter." Through these experiences and others, Jonathan gained an intense passion to encounter and engage the potent reality of death. He is called and committed to illuminate the practice of embracing death and dying as a way to enhance life. He offers Death Coaching services, "living funeral" and wedding ceremonies and facilitates groups and individuals in dialogue, dreamwork, and conflict resolution. Contact him at jonathan@livingdeathcoach.com.