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Dr. Gregory Popcak (POP-chak) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute (CatholicCounselors.com). The author of over 20 popular books & programs integrating solid Catholic theology and counseling psychology, he is an expert on the practical applications of Pope John Paul the Great’s Theology of the Body. Together with his wife, Lisa, he hosts More2Life Radio, a call-in, advice program heard M-F at 10am E/ 9amC on almost 400 stations affiliated with the EWTN radio network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 130.
Dr. Popcak is a Certified Psychotherapist and Certified Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy Trainer by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (FAAPC), a Board Certified Diplomate (BCD) of the American Board of Clinical Social Work, a Board Certified Tele-Mental Health Provider, and a winner of the Fr. Richard M. Hogan Award for Contributions to the Social Sciences.
In addition to his counseling and broadcasting work, Dr. Popcak is the Executive Director of the Peyton Institute for Domestic Church Life. He is the former Chair of the MA in Pastoral Studies Program at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and has served as an adjunct professor of both psychology and graduate theology at Franciscan University. Dr. Popcak’s articles appear regularly in various Catholic periodicals and his work has been featured on FoxNews, NPR’s Here and Now, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and The National Enquirer.
Michael Jarecki, M.A., LPC is a clinical associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. Michael has degrees in psychology, theology, and counseling from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, blending a strong understanding of the Faith with equally strong clinical skills. He specializes in helping people-of-faith find answers to tough marriage, family, and personal issues. In addition to his years of experience working for Catholic Social Services in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, Girls and Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, and in private practice, Michael has undergone extensive training in pastoral counseling approaches to emotional, relational, and spiritual problems.
Dr. Mark Kolodziej, CCPA, ACTA, (pronounced “kuh-LOW-zhee”) is a dually certified psychotherapist and counselor. Mark has degrees in adult learning, learning and developmental psychology, counselling psychology, and christian counselling psychology. He is a certified Traumatologist and level 3 trained Gottman Couple Counselor. He is Strong Bond trained and certified with the US military, and is completing his practicum for Theology of The Body certification (TOBInstitute). Mark specializes in all aspects of relationship counseling including couple, family, and sexuality as well as co-worker issues, pre and post abortion challenges, career and learning challenges and spiritual, personality and emotional issues. Mark has worked with emergency responders for the past 23 years. He has developed spiritually based programs in pornography, couple and family wellness, domestic violence, anger management, and the purpose of life. Mark has served as a consultant for several dioceses.
Karin Lynne Quirk MSSA, LISW-S is a clinical associate of Pastoral Solutions Institute. She holds a Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, with a concentration in children, youth and families. Karin has extensive experience with post traumatic stress disorders related to abortion trauma, abuse, and recovery from unwanted divorce. She has been a practicing therapist for over 25 years, and has worked in community mental health settings such as the Catholic Community League, Catholic Family Services, Summit County Family Services and Aultman Hospital Emergency and Psychiatric Units. She is a Licensed Independent Social Work- Supervisor, and specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and pastoral counseling approaches to emotional and spiritual disorders.
Dave McClow, M.Div., LCSW, LMFT,
is a clinical associate for the Pastoral Solutions Institute and author at Catholic Exchange
, and Today’s Catholic
. He writes about a Catholic vision of masculinity which is summarized in the Abba Prayer for Men
found here: Abba Prayer & Challenge
. He is also very active in his diocesan men’s group, Rekindle the Fire, and has founded multiple text ministries for men. For over 30 years he has been helping individuals, couples, and teams change in a variety of settings: inpatient psychiatric and addictions, employee assistance, outpatient community mental health, and statewide technical assistance centers. His counseling specialties are depression, anxiety, trauma, and the building of practical skills to cope with overwhelming emotions. He has been a national consultant and trainer for a number of evidence-based practices and topics. He has also started a number of small businesses. Trained as a pastoral counselor, he has always recognized God as the source of healing and integrated his faith into his counseling practice.
Joshua Hawrot, M.A., L.P.C.C. is a clinical associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. Joshua holds a Masters in Arts for Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, is certified in Theophostic Prayer Ministry and is trained in Cognitive-Based Trauma Therapy. In addition, Joshua has served as supervising therapist in both partial hospital programs and outpatient counseling settings where he practiced intensive therapy with individuals, couples, and families suffering from moderate to severe diagnoses. He and his wife, Cruz, are responsible for helping to run the marriage preparation program for the Diocese of Steubenville OH and serve as a lead teaching couple for Engaged Encounter. Joshua has received extensive training and supervision in the application of Catholic pastoral counseling approaches to problems related to emotional and relational health. His experience and professional training enable him to combine psychology and the Catholic faith to help others achieve greater healing, integration, and strength in their lives and relationships.
Robert Taylor, MS, MSW, LCSW is a clinical associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. He holds Masters degrees in Social Work and Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis on marriage and family studies, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has had extensive training in pastoral counseling interventions for emotional and relational problems. In practice for over 15 years, including several years as senior counselor with the Good Samaritan Counseling Center for the Diocese of Peoria, Robert has wide experience counseling individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings. He has assisted those struggling with pornography use and has extensive training counseling older adults. He and his wife have been certified Natural Family Planning instructors for the Couple to Couple League since 2002.
Judi Phillips, MS, LMHC holds a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Purdue University. She has been in practice as a mental health counselor for over 15 years with experience in both community mental health and private practice serving individuals, couples, families and parents. Judi’s training and clinical experience has centered on attachment related issues and posttraumatic stress related to abuse, neglect and other traumatic life experiences. With her knowledge of the Catholic faith, coupled with her training as a pastoral counselor, Judi has been able to help individuals, couples, families and parents recognize God’s plan for living an abundant life in communion with one another. Judi is trained as a Fertility Care Practitioner with the Creighton Model and has served her local diocese in this capacity since 2006.
James S. Livingston M.Div., M.A. L.P.C.C. is a clinical associate with Pastoral Solutions Institute. Combining extensive study and practice in the areas of psychology, theology and clinical mental health, James specializes in finding solutions to complex marriage, family, and personal problems. He holds a Master’s in Divinity from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Fluent in Spanish, he has completed advanced graduate studies on the fundamentals of prayer, discernment/spiritual direction, and Theology of the Body at Creighton University. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with years of experience working with families in a variety of settings including adult and youth outpatient and partial hospitalization. No stranger to house calls, James routinely visited families in their homes, and provided crisis intervention, skill transference, and effective trauma intensive therapy while serving as a Mobile Therapist and Behavioral Specialist Consultant. James’ years of education, professional training, and clinical skills enable him to help individuals, couples, and families suffering from a broad range of disorders.
Drew Anderson, LCSW holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been practicing in the field of mental health for over 20 years. He has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient counseling centers and tele-mental health counseling. His work has included individual, family and marital counseling with a special focus on victims of trauma. While working for the Veterans Administration he was trained to work with combat Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He also was trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy which he used on a treatment team that helped Veterans cope with chronic medical conditions like Type 2 diabetes. Drew and his wife were homeschoolers of their 4 children and presenters on Natural Family Planning at their parish Pre-Cana events.
Jacob Popcak, M.A., L.P.C. is a counseling associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. Jacob holds a Masters in Arts for Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and has received advanced training in marriage therapy from the Gottman Institute, training in counseling for depression and anxiety disorders (Beck Institute, CBT for Depression and Anxiety), and holds certifications in both Christian Counseling (Franciscan University of Steubenville) and treating online addictions (Zur Institute). Prior to joining PSI, Jacob served as a therapist in a variety of outpatient counseling settings where he practiced intensive therapy with individuals, couples, children, trauma patients, and families suffering a variety of emotional and relational problems. He has spoken across the country about Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and has trained at the Theology of the Body Institute (TOB 1-3). He is the former co-host of the Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN, where, in addition to hosting and interviewing newsmakers both in the Church and around the world, he presented practical meditations on the gospels. He is a published author has contributed writings on the intersections of faith, psychology, and art/beauty to multiple publications, including Our Sunday Visitor Press.
Rachael Popcak, MSW, LCSW, CPT, is a counseling associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute. Rachael completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and obtained her Masters in Social Work (Clinical Specialization) from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Licensed Social Worker and has received additional advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Gottman Relational Therapy, and the neurobiology of attachment and trauma. Rachael holds certificates in Direct Practice Mental Health (University of Pittsburgh), Evidence Based Suicide Prevention and Intervention (VYNE Education) and TeleMental Health (Zur Institute). Before joining the Pastoral Solutions Institute, Rachael worked in a variety of outpatient mental health and counseling settings. She serves as the editor and contributing writer for the Pastoral Solutions Institute blog, Faith On The Couch, on Patheos.com. Rachael’s clinical approach is rooted in a strengths-based perspective, helping individuals discover and develop their innate resources and apply them in creative ways to life and relationship challenges.
Sydney Kilbane, M.A, L.P.C, is a Counseling Associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute and holds a Masters in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors in Theology and Psychology from Franciscan University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has received certificates in Trauma and Christian Counseling. She has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, as well as Marriage Therapy from the Gottman Institute. Sydney has experience working with individuals struggling with a range of different issues such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar, attention and impulse control, and concerns with anger, self identity, and sexuality. Prior to joining PSI, Sydney worked with children and families in an outpatient setting providing multifaceted approaches to child and family wellbeing. Sydney is a Catholic speaker and has led multiple retreats and Catholic conferences such as Steubenville Conferences and Life in the Spirit seminars, as well as retreats at parishes around the country.
Sue Muldoon, MA, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked for over 25 years in a variety of educational and outpatient clinical settings as a clinician and educator. Her experience includes work with attachment and complex blended families at Center for Family Connections in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in adoption and foster care. She has also worked extensively in young adult mental health at Catholic colleges. She holds degrees in psychology and theology from Boston College and a Master’s degree in counseling with a certificate in Christian counseling from Franciscan University. Sue and her husband, Tim, speak frequently on the topics of Catholic parenting, marriage and family life. They are the authors of three books: Six Sacred Rules for Families, The Discerning Parent (both from Ave Maria Press) and Reclaiming Family Time (The Word Among Us Press).
Grant Freeman, MS, LMHCA is a pastoral counseling associate of the Pastoral Solutions Institute (CatholicCounselor.com). Grant has degrees from Christendom College and Divine Mercy University, integrating a thorough understanding of Catholicism, philosophy, and research-based clinical skills. He has more than 15 years of experience in helping people flourish. As the Director of Youth Formation at his local parish and a small business consultant, this former high school campus minister, theology teacher, and Director of Evangelization at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University promotes and facilitates personal and interpersonal development, specifically addressing the challenges of relational life, vocational discernment, and practical solutions for troublesome issues. Grant has co-authored a parish marriage preparation program and continues to mentor engaged couples with his wife, Claire. In close collaboration with the Christendom College Graduate School of Theology, Grant helps shape the online academic program, the Christendom@ Project. Combining his deep understanding of the Catholic faith and his training as a mental health counselor, Grant has dedicated his professional career to accompanying people on their daily journey toward virtue, and ultimately sainthood..
Bradley Barker, MA, LPCC is a pastoral counseling associate with the Pastoral Solutions Institute (CatholicCounselors.com) He holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Brad has worked in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and community outpatient counseling settings with individuals & families of all ages. He has specialized experience and training with the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Relational Therapy for anxiety, OCD, depression, chemical use, trauma, stress, as well as with marriage & family concerns. Brad also has further training with integrating faith based & religious strengths with psychology to work through challenging situations.
Andrew Proctor, MSW, MTS, LCSW has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a dual concentration in mental health and addictions counseling. He also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from Saint Meinrad Seminary, where he completed his thesis on the Catholic Church’s response to the sexual revolution. As an undergraduate, he attended Marian College where he received his bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies with a minor in Spanish. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Andy has worked in a variety of community mental health settings, including home and school-based therapy. He has worked extensively with youth and families. He’s passionate about helping people discover ways their Catholic faith can help them overcome the challenges of life, working with couples and families, and assisting clients dealing with complex grief.
Thomas Pfister, MS, LPC, CSAC is a clinical associate with the Pastoral Solutions Institute. Thomas holds a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in both mental health and addiction, from Marquette University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. Thomas has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including private practice, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and school-based, with individuals and families of all ages. He provided individual, marital, and family therapy with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI. Additionally, Thomas has received extensive training in Thomistic psychology (i.e., the application of the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas to counseling psychology) and is a recognized speaker on this topic. He has also provided therapy services for various religious orders and individuals and consultation for deliverance ministry.