Faculty

Meet our respected InterSpiritual Counseling Faculty


Rev. Theresa Bimka

Rev. Theresa Bimka

Program Director

Rev. Theresa Bimka (Program Director) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Spiritual Counselor, artist, author, workshop leader, educator and interfaith minister ordained at One Spirit in 2008. Therese has worked in the human potential field for more than 3 decades as a practitioner, administrator and supervisor. For 20 years, she has supervised graduate art education majors, graduate social work interns, guidance counselors and spiritual directors. She has worked in a variety of settings including university, social service agencies, nonprofits/community based organizations and has been in private practice since 1995. Therese is a life-long learner and has pursued post graduate training in a wide range of psycho-spiritual modalities including: meditation/mindfulness and Buddhist psychology, Gestalt, Jungian Sandplay Therapy, Expressive Arts, Dreamwork, Guided Visualization, Process Oriented Therapy, The Realization Process, Restorative Justice, Collaborative Divorce, Equine Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing. In addition to her private practices in NYC and The Hudson Valley, Therese has been offering Restorative Justice counseling for violent offenders serving life sentences. This work has been profoundly gratifying, affirming that healing and transformation are possible under all circumstances. Recently, Therese and Sally have begun to offer spiritually based international trips including The Goddess Temples of Malta. Therese lives in the woods with her dog Buddy and her son when he is home visiting from college.


Rev. Sally Schwager

Rev. Sally Schwager

Associate Director

Rev. Sally Schwager (Associate Director) is an Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Counselor, and psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and Connecticut. She is also an Interactive Theater Facilitator working in the field of diversity, inclusion, and transformative leadership. Loving the adventure of both the inner and outer journey, Sally weaves diverse experience into the fabric of her teaching, counseling, and facilitation work. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University following a decade living and working in Japan where she studied the Noh Theater and Buddhism. She has completed several postgraduate clinical training certifications, including Gestalt Therapy and Core Energetics. She is a certified yoga instructor, has studied with various Diamond Approach teachers, and is a long-time student of A Course in Miracles. Sally volunteers as a Restorative Justice counselor working with incarcerated violent offenders. She is also a certified Exceptional Marriage Mentor, and together with her husband works with couples as a couple. Sally is deeply interested in the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality, and strives to embody and teach a psychology infused with spirit and spirituality grounded in psychological principles. Energetic, humorous and heart-centered, Sally has a passion for counseling, teaching and parenting. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, son, and a flock of chickens.


Rev. Deborah Berman, LCSW

Rev. Deborah Berman, LCSW

Dean

Rev. Deborah Berman, LCSW (Dean) is a spirituality-based LGB, Queer, Trans, Ally, Poly, and alternative lifestyle-affirming psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan. She was ordained by One Spirit in 2018 and is currently earning her Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Deb served as the chief of the Behavioral Health Program at Interfaith Medical Center and was the director of social work/clinical director of Orthodox Union's Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities. She is the founder, director, and senior minister of PrideMinistry, through which she serves as advising chaplain and lifecycle ritual consultant to forums and organizations dedicated to the needs of gender, sexuality, or relationship non-conforming people. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work and has a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from Hunter College. She currently mentors masters and PhD-level students, and clinically supervises clergy and pastoral counselors from diverse religions, as well as psychotherapists, mental health counselors, sex educators, and psychologists. Deb has presented at over 200 public-speaking engagements, lectures, and panels on topics pertaining to mental health, spirituality, relationships, human sexuality, and organizational management.


Rev. Nathan Brisby

Rev. Nathan Brisby

Dean

Rev. Nathan Brisby (Dean) was ordained as an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister in 2012 and graduated from the One Spirit Interspiritual Counseling program in 2016. Prior to his work at One Spirit, Nathan was on faculty at a number of colleges and universities, where he taught public speaking, interpersonal communication, policy debate, and other courses. For over a decade, Nathan was also a professional actor and an award-winning musical theater writer. He is a certified grief counselor through the American Academy of Grief Counseling. Nathan also founded a not-for-profit, Broadway Gives Back, which connects non-profits with the Broadway community. He is currently completing his MBA at the Zicklin School of Business while working in learning and development for a national animal welfare organization.


Rev. Mary Beth Daniels

Rev. Mary Beth Daniels

Dean

Rev. Mary Beth Daniels (Dean) is a former corporate marketing executive turned minister and animal whisperer. She spends her days at Soul Celebration Sanctuary, a farm on Martha’s Vineyard, communing with her alpacas, donkeys, ducks, and goats, and welcoming others to her Sanctuary to “be at home with the holy.” Mary Beth holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Drew University as well as a Master’s in Direct & Interactive Communication from NYU. She completed the ISC Program at One Spirit in 2016, and was ordained as an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister by One Spirit in 2017. Mary Beth performs customized weddings, baby blessings, life celebrations, funerals and memorial services, and loves to integrate nature-based spiritual rituals into her ceremonies. Offering both individual and group spiritual counseling as well as retreats, workshops and animal encounters, Mary Beth invites others to both embrace as well as transcend the ordinariness of life, and experience the holy in all things. Her background includes hospice chaplaincy, serving as a local pastor, and working with ecumenical as well as interfaith youth groups as a mentor, coach, and counselor. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Mary Beth considers herself a progressive adherent of Christ energy, and is deeply committed to her connection to Pachamama and her inhabitants. She is blessed to be part of a blended family, and has raised five children including an adopted son and foster daughter. She is Grandma to three grandchildren with another grandchild scheduled to make her debut any day.


Cindy Klaus

Cindy Klaus

Dean

Cindy Klaus (Dean) is a 2017 graduate of One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling program. She holds a Master’s Degree in Culture and Spirituality augmented with post-graduate work in Jungian Studies. While she has had an array of eclectic professional lives, it is in college and university higher education where she found her calling working with students, especially those from underserved, underrepresented, and nontraditional student populations. Over the past twenty-eight years, she has served as a higher education administrator, teacher, advisor, program coordinator, and workshop presenter. While working at a tribal college, she spent seven years living on a Native American reservation. It was during this time that she was befriended by a Native American medicine man who became her teacher and mentor. The wisdom found in this relationship shapes the foundation of her current spiritual orientation and call to humbly serve and companion others as an interspiritual counselor. Cindy and her husband currently live in Utah but are relocating to New Mexico with their labradoodle, Merlin, in January of 2019. She has three adult children and eight grandchildren. She loves being in nature, all the creative arts, books, and, especially, chocolate.


Yvonne Lucia, RN, MDiv

Yvonne Lucia, RN, MDiv

Dean

Yvonne Lucia, RN, MDiv (Dean) is an Interspiritual Counselor and Soul Companion. Her background in healing, spirituality and the arts make her uniquely qualified to accompany others who desire to embark on a journey of self-awareness, introspection, reflection, and emotional and spiritual evolution. In addition to her academic credentials she has certifications in pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, expressive arts, creative grief support and grief counseling, Labyrinth Facilitation and SMARTRecovery, and a Certificate in Interspiritual Counseling from One Spirit Learning Alliance. Yvonne is passionate about the transformational potential of every person’s inborn creativity across the spectrum of living, loving, experiencing loss, and leaning forward wholeheartedly.


Rev. Dr. Khadijah Matin

Rev. Dr. Khadijah Matin

Dean

Rev. Dr. Khadijah Matin (Dean) has established a solid record of commitment to education and faith-based organizations, serving in multiple leadership and organization development roles as training manager, national board member and ongoing consultant. Building upon her interests in her family history and social justice work, Khadijah conducts extensive research in regards to the role family history plays in shaping identity and community. Current projects include historical work based on her family history; creating models for social workers to include family history and storytelling as healing methods in creating stronger personal awareness and family dynamics, and an interfaith workbook for active engagement in one’s faith and sacred readings. Further experience in nonprofit governance and administration is demonstrated through her participation as a member of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society; and recently the Association of Muslim Chaplains. Additionally, in recognition of her works in intercultural dialogue and civic engagement she was appointed as an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, and developed social entrepreneurial initiatives models for faith leaders. Khadijah has an MS in education from Fordham University. She was ordained an Interfaith Minister at One Spirit in 2006 and completed the ISC Program in 2010. She earned her D.Min. from New York Theological Seminary in 2012, in Multi-faith ministry. Always inspired by her three adult children, Khadijah is called by some as a “woman who walks through walls” and sees her works as her calling and a continuation of her family’s traditions in the ministry, education, and health, fulfilling the civil rights and social justice dreams of her ancestors.


Rev. Ed O’Malley

Rev. Ed O’Malley

Dean

Rev. Ed O’Malley (Dean) is an ordained Interfaith Minister, trained shaman and a certified Nature Awareness Trainer. Ed holds a PhD in neuroscience, board certification in sleep medicine and Master certification in dynamical neurofeedback. He co-founded Your Optimal Nature, an education and consulting company offering programs designed to foster direct experience of Spirit, through instilling a deep, abiding awareness of the immensity of the natural world. He has a profound appreciation, respect and love for nature. During his training in Interfaith ministry and continuing for several years afterward, Ed spent time with Tom Brown, Jr., the noted wilderness expert and founder of the Tracker School. Under Tom’s tutelage he learned many of the ancient skills and reverence for nature imparted by the revered Native American Elder, Stalking Wolf. Ed completed shaman training with Alberto Villoldo and the Four Winds School, based on the teachings of the native Peruvian Q’ero people. As a full Mesa pipe carrier he continues to offer this energy medicine work. As an ordained Interfaith Minister and shaman, Ed helps people to expand their spiritual awareness by reacquainting them with their own divine nature using the shamanic practices of the master shamans from the Andes and Amazon rainforest.


Rev. Moya Keating, M.A., C.T.

Rev. Moya Keating, M.A., C.T.

Counseling Practicum Supervisor

Rev. Moya Keating, M.A., C.T., (Counseling Practicum Supervisor) holds a Master’s in Individualized Studies from NYU concentrating in somatic studies and the integral relationship between the arts and wellness. As a teacher and workshop leader, her interdisciplinary approach evolved to include ritual. This path led to seminary and in 2006, she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister through One Spirit. During that time, she founded Seasons of Life, a ministry for rediscovering deeply personal and meaningful ritual. Witnessing the growth and healing there, her ministry deepened, and she began to work with individuals and families at end of life. She is a certified in thanatology, and is a hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor. In addition, Moya completed the ISC program at One Spirit and in 2012 began her private practice in New Jersey. Moya is passionate about bringing interspiritual counseling to a world in need and continues to work with ISC as a counselor, supervisor and guest teacher. In describing her own spiritual path, Moya tells that at her core, she has always been a contemplative. She is committed to study, an ever-deepening practice, and to embodying the sacred in everyday life.


Rev. Beth Gavin

Rev. Beth Gavin

Counselee Match-Up Coordinator

Rev. Beth Gavin (Counselee Match-Up Coordinator) is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual minister, spiritual counselor, trainer, coach, and life-cycle celebrant. With 20+ years of professional and corporate experience she companions leaders facing challenging career situations, works with couples to bring greater joy into their relationships and creates and performs personalized, customized ceremonies and rituals. Grounded in NVC (non-violent communication), 12-step recovery and sacred listening, she stands as a witness to each individual finding their own inner guide. Beth enjoys all forms of dance as a way of connecting with herself and her husband.