• Counseling
  • CISM services for First-Responders
  • Teaching (qualified Peace Officer Standards & Training [POST], CA & NV)
  • Chaplaincy
  • CISM Instructor through ICISF
  • Representative National Police Suicide Foundation. Provides support for other non-profit organizations


Counseling is provided for individuals, couples, and families, including Trauma-specific issues. Here at Kindred Spirit Counseling, we have found that the Bible gives the foundational stability and the guidelines for life. Not only does Scripture give the framework, but it also gives the best framework. It gives insight into human behavior, as well as putting everything related into proper perspective. It tells a man who he is, where he came from, his purpose, and even his very nature. By coupling this tremendous foundation with sound scientific facts, the Christian Counselor has a superb vantage point from which to help individuals resolve their problems.

The inspired word of God has promised guidance: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you." (Psalm 32:8 NASB) What is God’s special plan for you? Can we assist you in probing that question?

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

CISM is an integrated and comprehensive multi-component program for the provision of crisis and disaster and mental health services.

  1. Pre-Crisis Preparation: This includes stress management education, stress resistance, and crisis mitigation training for both individuals and organizations.
  2. Disaster, terrorist or other large-scale incident interventions, including but not limited to:
    2.1 Demobilizations for emergency response personnel
    2.2 Crisis Management Briefing (CMB): schools, corporate, & general civilian populations
    2.3 Town-Meetings
    2.4 Incident Command Staff Advisement
  3. Defusing: This is a structured, three-phase small group discussion provided within hours of the incident for assessment, triaging, and mitigation of acute-onset symptoms.
  4. One-on-one crisis intervention/counseling or psychological support throughout the full range of the event spectrum.

    4.1 Family Crisis Intervention
    4.2 Organizational Consultation

  5. Follow-up and referral mechanism for assessment and treatment, if necessary.

More Information

Defusing – Debriefing - Training  

Critical Incident Stress: Defusing and Debriefings

Defusing: Small homogeneous groups, which meet within hours of the conclusion of the event. A defusing is aimed at the core group that was most seriously affected by the event, i.e.., a SWAT team, a platoon, or an ambulance crew. Defusing may be provided by teams of CISM trained peers, Chaplains, and mental health professionals, depending on the circumstances of the event. The defusing is an opportunity to observe any signs of stress and make some decisions as to whether or not a debriefing is required.

Debriefings: A structured, seven-phase process that allows participants to discuss a traumatic incident in a controlled manner, which does not leave them feeling out of control of themselves. It is peer managed and peer driven. A mental health professional is present for oversight and guidance. Debriefings are not counseling or psychotherapy but have as one of its goals, to teach the participants about their stress reactions. Survival techniques are also taught (Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Every, 1997). Debriefings are usually conducted more than 72 hours after the incident. The group is generally larger than a defusing, depending on the number of those involved in the incident. The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) also focuses on the group’s resilience (the ability of a group to “bounce back” from a traumatic exposure), as well as survival techniques for stress. Finally, the CISD emphasizes unit cohesion and unit performance and the ability of the group to recover from a traumatic event and to resume its normal functions.


National and international conference speaking engagements; specialized site-specific presentations; P.O.S.T certified classes in CA., NV. and now MT. Certified instruction in Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support; Pastoral Crisis Intervention; Group Crisis Intervention, and Advanced Pastoral Crisis Intervention.


Analysis Tools

Psychological – Temperament Analysis

The Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis (T-JTA) test is the non-threatening tool of choice. The (T-JTA) is one of the most widely used assessments for individuals, marital, and family issues. This instrument measures eighteen (18) dimensions of personality (9 bipolar traits) that are important components of individual adjustment and interpersonal relationships. The (T-JTA) has been used for more than forty (40) years by thousands of counseling professionals in a wide array of settings in the United States and around the World to help people understand themselves and others in their lives.

This Analysis is a quick and convenient method of measuring important personality traits that influence personal, interpersonal, scholastic, and vocational functioning and adjustment. It function as both a diagnostic device and counseling tool. The brief 180-question test can be administered to individuals, couples, or groups in about thirty (30) minutes. The T-JTA is applicable for use with adolescents through senior adults.

Career Analysis

The Career Direct ® (Global Edition) has been developed over a 14 year period, using research based principles of assessment and measurement, and it consistently meets or exceeds accepted standards of reliability and validity. This comprehensive instrument has successfully evaluated over 150,000 adults and young adults across the globe. Countless endorsements have revealed how this tool has been a turning point in their educational ambitions and career path.

This analytical tool provides clear direction needed to assist in making sound educational, occupational, or career maximization choices by accurately analyzing all four main areas that affect career choices: Personality, Interest, Skills, and Values.