Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D,B.C.S.A.,DAPA.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.
202 W. Tioga St.
Tunkhannock, PA 18657

1975- Born In Tampa, Florida.

1983- relocates to Fort Collins, Colorado

1191- serves as legislative aide to State Senator Robert W. Schaffer and later as registered professional lobbyist. Returns to Florida at end of this year

1992- serves as county campaign coordinator for the successful campaign of US Rep Corrine Brown. Transports Martin Luther King III to event at Bethune Cookman College. Has opportunity to meet then Governor Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and US Senator Al Gore during campaign event in Daytona Beach, FL.

1993- attends Congressional Black Caucus swearing in ceremonies in Washington, D.C., later returns to Colorado and graduates from Fort Collins High School

1994- enters University of Florida- Gainesville, FL

1996- ordained deacon in the Eastern Orthodox Church

1997- earns Bachelor of Arts (Religion major, Sociology minor) from the University of Florida, ordained to priesthood in Eastern Orthodox Church, relocates to Scranton, PA to attend University of Scranton

1998- publishes "State of the Soul After Death" in University of Scranton's Diakonia Journal for Eastern Christian Studies; inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society for Theological Studies

1999- collaborates with Bobbi Gagne- Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Vermont; receives Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Scranton; begins Doctoral study in Community Counseling at Argosy University of Sarasota

2000- completes post graduate work in Dispute Resolution via Nova Southeastern University; begins work as therapist for community based agency for children and adolescents

2001- hosts AM radio program on drug free approaches for distressed children. Begins training in relational approaches to autism.

2002- Begins delivering workshops on autism/developmental differences.

2003- receives Board Certification in Sexual Abuse Issues.

2004- lecture tour in Florida "Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm"; becomes clinical director for therapeutic equestrian program; assessment clinician for family court

2005- presents presentation, "Thinking Outside the Bio-Psychiatric Paradigm" at conference of International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology in New York City.

2006- receives Doctorate of Education in Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. Delivers keynote address at exhibit on psychiatric abuse in Niagara Falls, NY. Guest on nationally syndicated and local radio programs. Publishes, "Children Our Treasure"; begins work as psychological evaluator for intensive day treatment, therapeutic family care, and wraparound programs. Opens private practice as existential-humanist psychotherapist and educational advocacy.

2007- lectures on "Children Our Treasure" in various locations in Pennsylvania and New York. keynote address at exhibit on psychiatric abuse in Philadelphia. receives Honorary Doctorate of Divinity.

2008- publishes "Drug Free Approaches to ADHD", attends meeting in Miami, FL on foster care reform and informed consent, guest on various radio programs. Locates private practice to Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. Becomes Professor of Existential Psychology and Comparative Religion for European American University and joins the Society for Humanistic Potential.

2009- publishes "Anarcho-Psychology", becomes Advisory Board member of Society for Laingian Studies

2010- becomes member of the International Society for the Psychosocial Treatment of Schizophrenia

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.,B.C.S.A. is an existential-humanist psychotherapist, philosopher, social activist, and author. Dr. Edmunds is in private practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Tunkhannock and Dunmore) and specializes in drug free relational approaches for individuals experiencing extreme states of mind (schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar) and assists autistic and developmentally different persons.

Dr. Edmunds completed undergraduate study at the University of Florida with a major in Comparative Religion and minor in Sociology. He received his Master of Arts from the University of Scranton and completed post-graduate coursework in Dispute Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Edmunds earned his Doctorate of Education in Community Counseling from Argosy University of Sarasota. His dissertation examined the efficacy of a drug free program versus psychotropic medications for children diagnosed with ADHD within a wraparound program. Dr. Edmunds received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from St. James Theological Seminary.

Dr. Edmunds is Professor of Existential Psychology and Comparative Religion via European-American University and is a member of the Society for Humanistic Potential.

Dr. Edmunds began his work volunteering with the Sexual Crisis Center of Vermont. In 2000, he began working as a psychotherapist for community based agencies. Dr. Edmunds has also served as a assessment clinician for family court, educational advocate, and behavioral consultant. He has testified in cases involving family mediation, custody, and juvenile offenders.

He is the author of CHILDREN OUR TREASURE, a book derived from a presentation to the 8th Annual Conference of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology which details psycho-social approaches towards addressing the needs of distressed children. In addition, he is the author of NAVIGATING THROUGH THE MAINSTREAM (addressing relationship based approaches for autism/developmental differences) and ANARCHO-PSYCHOLOGY which discusses the social, political, and familial factors leading to emotional distress and encourages a mental health system where experience is regarded, persons are treated with dignity, and abuses cease.
He published the article, "Returning the Soul to the Mental Health System" in the Aaina Journal of the Centre for Mental Health Advocacy, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Dr. Edmunds has been interviewed on a number of local and nationally syndicated radio programs.

He is the founder of the International Center for Humane Psychiatry

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Thursday, February 11, 2010


Tonglen is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice. Tonglen means 'giving and taking". It is a selfless meditation where the person envisions and takes in the suffering of another person and gives back compassion and thinking of the happiness of others. This is a practice in virtue and is very useful in our developing not only a greater sense of our own happiness, but further empathy for others. The practice is similar to homeopathy or vaccination in that we take in a small mount of poison that helps to innoculate us from future misery.
I had the pleasant opportunity to chat with Marguerite Therese Laing, the wife of the late R.D. Laing who had reminded me of the story of the Buddhist saint Milarepa. In this story, Milarepa had lived a life of luxury later for this to be removed from him by the greed of his Aunt and Uncle. Milarepa later entered black arts and sought revenge on family members he felt harmed him. Later repenting of his actions, he found Marpa as his teacher. Marpa had been harsh with Milarepa and he instructed him to move rocks to construct a building to only then change the plans and Milarepa had to continously rebuild. Milarepa went through periods of despair, but looked at the actions of Marpa and that he did not receive the desired spiritual initiation he sought as a result of his past deeds. Over time, Milarepa through the influence of other teachers, one in the lineage of the Saint Naropa, he came to a state of inner peace.

Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.

202 W. Tioga St.
Tunkhannock, PA 18657


-Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.

Saturday, February 06, 2010


In the past I had written on my concern about psychotherapists selling 'love' as a commodity, that is, that if psychotherapists are seeking to help individuals then why would be price be put on this. As I began to think about this, I thought of psychotherapy as a 'secular ministry'. Religious ministers offer guidance and support and they receive voluntary donations to help sustain themselves. Therefore, I determined that in my work with persons, I should not set an established fee or look at psychotherapy as some institution in which the therapist holds the power but as a joining of individuals, where the person receives guidance and support voluntarily and decide to make a voluntary donation to help the therapist be able to sustain themselves.

Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D.