I offer to you my insight, concern, caring, and ability to bring healing to very difficult situations as well as to life’s usual stresses and strains.

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Encounter at the Threshold

An Introduction to My Work

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To have an encounter at the threshold means to be at a point of possibility. There are hazards and there are opportunities. Something unpredictable and life-changing may be in the offing. Or it may be that you have finally arrived at this place in your life, wondering which way to go.

At such a threshold, it can be immensely helpful to have a guide, a supporter, a host, someone able and willing to accompany you into the unknown, someone with reliable experience in the very type of situation you are facing.

If life has delivered you to a threshold and you are seeking assistance, I can help.


  • to come upon face-to-face;
  • to meet with or experience, especially unexpectedly or by chance


  • the plank, stone, or piece of timber that lies under a door;
  • boundary;
  • the place or point of entering or beginning;
  • the point at which a physiological or psychological effect begins to be produced;
  • the point at which you start to experience something, or at which something starts to happen;
  • at the start of a new and important time or development

Healing the Boy, Strengthening the Man

Inside of every man lives a boy – a version of the man who is defined by adventure, curiosity, and possibility. This boy can also reflect our wounded self, the parts of us that bear shame and hold the stories we created as children from the experiences we endured. Tom McGee, our first Fathers’ Month special guest, brings decades of experience from men’s circles, psychotherapy, and ceremony to help us understand how to heal our inner boy so that we can strengthen ourselves as men.

Upcoming Events

Men and the Life of Desire:

Embracing Eros

Saturday, January 25, 2020
2-4 pm
Topping Room, Ventura Library
Ventura, CA

Please join us for this exploration of how men and their lovers manage and live in relationships, for better and worse, for the joy and the sorrow.

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Courting Eros:

Love, Lust, and Loneliness

A Men's Retreat with Tom McGee and Richard Palmer

Friday, February 21, 6 pm -to-
Sunday, February 23, 12 noon

Camp Whittier
2400 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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We are offering the opportunity to help a worthy man who needs financial aid to attend this men's retreat.

Would you like to support this work so a man you don't know could benefit from it?

The cost of the retreat is $575. You may contribute as little as $5 or as much as you want.

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During the time we are sheltering in place due to the Covid 19 crisis, I am offering remote sessions via telephone and video conferencing. Please contact me if you have any questions.