John McAndrew and Joseph Palacios, founding partners of Sensible Spirituality Associates, bring professional experiences to this Spiritual Counseling Consultancy from many worlds: academia, parochial ministry, hospice work, nonprofit boards, counseling, marriage preparation, social justice advocacy, spiritual direction, addiction treatment and recovery, mentoring, detention ministry, diversity programs, research and analysis, education, interfaith dialogue, retreats, workshops, executive coaching, liturgical leadership, community organizing, grief recovery, and foundational human development.
Their experience in the Spiritual Care Department at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA— as Director (John), and Inpatient Spiritual Counselor (Joseph)— encouraged them to take the best practices of Spiritual Care from that context and integrate their own practical experience to address Sensible Spirituality in the 21st century.
The goal: to help individuals and organizations identify and understand their own soul and spirit, in order to build relationships of shared principles, values, and practices.
John McAndrew, Principal
John McAndrew, MA, MDiv, is a spiritual teacher, counselor, theologian, musician, hospice chaplain and poet. With a background in literature, theology, music, and counseling, he has worked in classrooms, parish ministry, corporate consultancies, detention facilities, treatment centers, and hospice care. During his tenure as Director of Spiritual Care at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, he began to incorporate his experience into foundations which took shape in Sensible Spirituality Associates. John currently resides in Arroyo Grande (San Luis Obispo County), CA where he provides Spiritual Care for Wilshire Hospice, continues to offer Retreats and Workshops for people in recovery, and offers Spiritual Counseling for individuals or organizations seeking deeper spiritual engagement.
John McAndrew on Spirituality and Recovery
Joseph Palacios, Principal
An educator, mentor, spiritual guide, priest, and sociologist, Rev. Joseph Palacios, Ph.D., M.Div., is a full-time Professor of Sociology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA where he also holds an appointment as Research Associate of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He previously served as a professor at Georgetown University, and the Universidad de Santiago, Chile. He is also a consultant to nonprofit, corporate and governmental organizations, and has spent many years helping individuals, couples, and families develop and tailor culturally sensitive weddings, memorials, and blessings reflective of their distinctive spiritual needs. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, received Pew Charitable Trust and Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowships, and authored The Catholic Social Imagination: Activism and the Just Society in Mexico and the United States (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
Julia Fromme, Associate
Julia Fromme is a spiritual counselor, educator, coach, transformational bodyworker, and organizational business consultant. While serving over 30 years in public education, thriving in the classroom and co-writing grants and multiple curricular projects, she concurrently obtained her Master’s degree in Organizational Management (MAOM). Her spiritual journey has been energized by her own recovery, studies in the healing arts, and religious and cultural studies in Mexico and Central America. She stays grounded and creative by practicing meditation, yoga, guitar, and songwriting.
Jaime Romo, Associate
Dr. Jaime Romo is a healer and teacher. Following a career in K-12 and teacher education, he has taken an active role in developing Healing Community practices in values-driven organizations. Dr. Romo is a Trauma Informed Care SAMHSA consultant, a Commissioned Minister in the United Church of Christ, and a certified Primordial Sound Meditation instructor. His most recent book is Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters.