Soul Work is a group designed specifically to support men in dealing with issues of addiction, compulsion, and self-neglect. Participants will learn and develop their use of mindfulness, self-compassion, and self-forgiveness in their recovery process.
Please note that this is a remote group that connects participants via a secure video platform.
Robert Cornell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, Ca. His specialty is in spiritual psychology, the rich area of overlap between psychology and spirituality. His passion is in exploring with his clients this deep interconnection between these fields of healing, growth and personal realization. Robert trained for 11 years from 1973–1984 as a Zen Buddhist monk with Taizan Maezumi Roshi at the Zen Center of Los Angeles.
Robert's interest in the interplay of psychology and spirituality was motivated by his own and other student’s struggles with Zen practice. His interest was intensified when his teacher was embroiled in scandals about his behavior with his women students. He would later bring this interest into a new career as a psychotherapist. The scandals at Robert's training center led him to disrobe and begin a laymen’s life as a businessman, husband, and parent.
Robert established a landscape design/build firm in the LA area that focused on sustainable landscape design and construction. He learned a lot from being in business: how to lead, oversee and sometimes discipline employees. How to ride out hard economic times. How to creatively work with sometimes challenging work conditions. And perhaps most importantly, how to work with a wide diversity of clients!
In his early fifties, Robert returned to school to re-engage with his deep interest in psychology and sprituality, getting an MA in Spiritual Psychology and then a MA in Counseling Psychology. He interned at a variety of institutions that helped him to get a wide range of experience in his area of interest: working with adults on their psychological and spiritual issues. In Robert's first placement, he worked with clients and their families dealing with cancer, which brought up existential and spiritual issues as well as psychological issues. At the second placement, he dealt with clients working to overcome serious addiction issues. The Twelve Step work in this program emphasized that the issues were not just psychological but also deeply spiritual.
After leaving the Zen Center, Robert's interest in religion gradually took him back to the faith of his childhood: Christianity. The works of people like Richard Rohr, Henri Nouwen and Thomas Keating helped him to see beyond the outer doctrines of Christianity to its inner core of loving experiential spirituality. Now, Robert can say that he is truly bi-religious or perhaps pan-religious.
The work Robert does today with therapy clients and those he mentors as a Spiritual Director is a seamless integration of psychology and spirituality. For Robert, the deepest healing is always on the spiritual level, but the insights of psychology help us to understand in more detail exactly what needs healing. Recently, he published the book "Fifty Ways of Letting Go" which details how this integrative work is done.