As a practitioner, scholar, and writer committed to professional meaningfulness and social transformation, I value applied research and utilize it to develop and find solutions to everyday issues. My current research focuses on discovering clinical approaches for treating victims of spiritual abuse, a complex and often ignored trauma commonly made up of disparate traumas, the effects of which can range from depression and suicide to psychosis and homicide. The objectives of my research are to help mental health professionals develop a basic understanding of spiritual abuse and its prevalence, to aid them in identifying risk factors and warning signs of spiritual abuse, and to guide them in exploring interventions that can be utilized when working with spiritual abuse victims. Within this research, I integrate theoretical understandings of human development and spirituality and rely upon evidence-based assessment strategies and intervention options tailored to meet the needs of spiritual abuse victims.
Methodically, the aforementioned research project is comprised of mostly qualitative studies. I value the use of approaches that promote subject participation and thus seek to use my research as a way to engage participants while also giving them the platform to articulate and transform from their experiences. In tandem, my passions for Narrative Therapy and qualitative research work to utilize diary accounts, open-ended questionnaires, unstructured interviews, and unstructured observations to not only collect information from participants but to afford them opportunities to use storytelling to externalize their issues and address them in positive and productive manners.