Vince Deming

A very good thing to acknowledge is that life – filled with its highs and lows – is messy and that we are all a mess and broken (some may appear not to be, but they are).  Many complications arise when we are ashamed of our mess, especially when we feel we shouldn’t have one.  Simply put, at times an outside guide can be very beneficial in helping sort out any particular mess or area of brokenness.

Therapy for me is the art of putting the pieces back together with the profound understanding that the human person has the potential to be more beautiful after we experience brokenness than ever before.  I’m convinced this is true, even if it may sound hard to believe and just a nice sounding statement.

I believe Jesus of Nazareth is God and possesses complete insight into our psyche and has the potential to bring healing of a nature that is infinite.  Yet no matter anyone’s beliefs, I always strive to meet people wherever they’re at, for freedom in counseling needs to be respected for healing to take its course.

And behold, I am with you always. Mt 28:20

Education

I completed my Master’s degree in counseling and my Bachelor’s degree in theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.  The coursework and training for my counseling degree took particular care to integrate the psychological and spiritual components of the human person.

Experience and Approach

  • I have been working in the mental health field for 8 years, mainly with adults but also with some children and adolescents.
  • I have experience with the existential therapies of Logotherapy and Affirmation Therapy (Conrad Baars) which focuses on meaning, value, and the radical acceptance of self with the practical approaches of Cognitive-Behavior, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Humor (yes, this is an approach and its underestimated — partly it’s just me trying to be humorous and not always succeeding) therapies to address barriers.
  • I have extensive experience in Carmelite Spirituality, which is characterized as an intense thirst for a direct experience of God through prayer.  I spent four years as a Carmelite Friar.

Some of my focus areas:

  • Depression/melancholy  
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Spiritual issues/development
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions
  • Grief and loss
  • Men’s issues
  • Anger