There were those who began as sensitive souls.
Such could be a blessing and a curse. They felt everything deeply but it caused them great fear. This overwhelming anxiety was quelled by a substance. The results were initially amazing and thus the sensitive soul continued to indulge.
Their misguided idealism now became shattered expectations and loss of any sense of hope. The fears intensified. If they were working, they were afraid. If they were not working, they were afraid. If they were in a relationship they were afraid of losing themselves. If they were not in a relationship they feared being alone. And though at times there may have been many around they remained alone in the tumult of their thoughts. They saw no purpose and some began to seek it in a distant realm falsely believing it would be found.
But purpose is not found but created and it is not in expectations or grand feats but in simplicity. A simple smile, a kind gesture. Here the sensitive soul can turn the curse to blessing and such sensitivity can move from absorbing pain and focus on self to a concern for the other and a sharing in their experience.
As one comes to find a connection to others and a connection to virtue, they find a greater understanding and much becomes revealed. They may ask for the removal of their faults but realize such is not a magical incantation or demand but requires action.
Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D., CAADC
Main Areas: ADDICTION, AUTISM, EXTREME STATES OF MIND
Best Sellers: MEETING OF TWO PERSONS, BEING AUTISTIC
Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Psychotherapist. Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received a Master of Arts from the University of Scranton. Dr. Edmunds completed post graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edmunds earned a Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. He is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the American Psychological Association and Episcopal Recovery Ministries.
Dr. Edmunds work has focused on autistic empowerment, relational approaches to extreme states of mind and addiction recovery. His work has been featured at Psychology Today online, Autism File, Autism Radio, CCHR Inernational, Autism Parenting Magazine, Recovery Radio (Rhode Island), Talk Recovery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), Autism World, Chronogram Magazine, Psychology Tomorrow, InRecovery Magazine, Pioneer Magazine, CNN Philadelphia and radio programs in Des Moines, Iowa; Hartford, CT; Providence, RI; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; Daytona Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Melbourne, FL; Oakland University.
Dr. Edmunds has spoken at various professional conferences including being an invited speaker at the 2013 Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Pacifica Graduate Conference.
Dr. Edmunds is the author of MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY, BEING AUTISTIC, COSMIC DANCE, MYSTICAL METAPHORS, SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, DRUG FREE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ADHD, and MEETING OF TWO PERSONS.
Dr. Edmunds is an ordained clergyman in an Anglican jurisdiction.
1975- Born in Tampa, Florida, USA on March 11 at 11:59pm
1981- begins elementary school at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL
1982- tested in the gifted range at North Shore Elementary, St. Petersburg, FL
1983- relocates to Fort Collins, Colorado
1991- serves as youngest legislative aide in the State of Colorado
1992- serves on staff of a Congressional campaign, transports Martin Luther King III to an event at Bethune Cookman College
1993- invited to the swearing in ceremony for Congressional Black Caucus, baptized at St. Brendan’s parish in Ormond Beach, FL
1994- begins undergraduate study at the University of Florida
1996- ordination to the diaconate
1997- ordained to as a presbyter, graduates with a Bachelor of Arts with major in Religion, minor in Sociology from the University of Florida, begins Master of Arts program in Theology at the University of Scranton
1999- involved in internship with victims of trauma, receives Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton
2000- begins work as a psychotherapist for children and adolescents, completes graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution at Nova Southeastern University
2003- delivers first lecture on mental health alternatives in New Port Richey, Florida
2005- presents lecture “Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm” at the International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry conference, Flushing, New York
2006- earns Doctorate of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from the University of Sarasota. Establishes the International Center for Human Psychiatry, delivers keynote speech at Niagara Falls, begins lecture tour, published “Comprehensive Approach to ADHD”, begins private consultation with focus on autism, trauma, and extreme states of mind
2009- begins therapeutic community project for those with serious psychiatric labels focusing on respect and autonomy
2010- publishes MEETING OF TWO PERSONS: WHAT THERAPY SHOULD be, speaker at ICSPP conference, Syracuse, NY
2011- speaker at Occupy Wall Street events, MEETING OF TWO PERSONS lecture tour, receives Diplomate status from the American Psychotherapy Association
2012- travels to UK and Ireland
2013- published SACRED SPACE AND VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS, METANOIA, and COSMIC DANCE, invited speaker at Society for Humanistic Psychology conference, Pacifica Graduate Institute
2017- qualifies as Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, publishes MEANING AND THE ART OF RECOVERY
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