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, marriage preparation, social justice advocacy, spiritual direction, addiction treatment and recovery, mentoring, counseling, detention ministry, diversity programs, research and analysis, education, interfaith dialogue, retreats and workshops, executive coaching, liturgical leadership, community organizing, grief recovery, music and poetry.
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 for the new 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 is a spiritual teacher, facilitator, musician, counselor, and poet. With a background in theology, literature, music, and counseling, he has worked in corporate consultancies, parish ministry, classrooms, 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 who seek deeper spiritual engagement.
John McAndrew on Spirituality and Recovery
Joseph Palacios, Principal
An educator, mentor, spiritual guide, and sociologist, Joseph Palacios, Ph.D., M.Div., has been a professor at Georgetown University, the Universidad de Santiago, Chile, and the University of Southern California, where he currently holds an appointment as Research Associate of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture and lectures in the Sociology Department. He serves as 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 (Univ of Chicago Press, 2007).
Julia is a spiritual educator, transformational bodyworker, meditation instructor, and organizational business consultant. While serving over 30 years in public education, thriving both in the classroom and co-writing grants and multiple curricular projects, she concurrently obtained her Master’s degree in Organizational Management (MA,OM). 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 staya 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. www.healingthesexuallyabusedheart.com