Rev. Brad Fahlman, BA, MDiv is a diocesan priest from the Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Regina, Master of Divinity from St. Joseph Seminary/Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta and is presently entering the 3rd year of the MA program in Pastoral Counselling at Loyola University in Chicago. He is currently on study leave from his archdiocese and presently serving as counseling intern at Old St. Mary’s Parish in Chicago. Brad brings with him a wealth of experience in parish ministry, spiritual direction and pastoral care over the last 20 years. He has worked extensively with individuals, couples and families who are grieving, those struggling with challenging life events, past and present, those struggling in their inner lives, and many struggling to find their feet in their faith lives, all from a variety of ethnicities and levels of ability. As human persons, regardless of our individual backgrounds, we all go through personal struggles in our relationships within our families, our schools and work places, our vocations and how we experience or fail to experience God. As a result our world can feel very confusing, heavy and even hopeless. Encouraged by the growing awareness in our world of the importance of integrating the realities of spirit, mind, and body through spiritual, psychodynamic and body awareness and practice, Brad sees pastoral counselling as a much needed sanctuary for safe self-disclosure and sharing at a level that identifies and helps unpack fear, anxiety, doubt, shame, sadness, grieving loss among the many struggles in life. Such counselling can help lead us toward a better understanding of these conditions, help introduce better coping skills and perhaps free us up in areas where we are stuck in our thinking and ultimately help open the door to a healthier life and outlook and openness to relationship.