I am Dr. John Zemler. The doctorate is in theology, so I don’t have any money.
My primary interest lies in understanding the Spiritual Dimensions of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Most folks know that there are medical and psychiatric dimensions to PTSD, but few are fully aware about how it damages our souls. My aim is to better understand the spiritual side of the PTSD soul wound.
My background and experience lends itself to studying PTSD and trying to offer the PTSD sufferer and their loved ones hope. I am a former US Army Officer, disabled, and have an earned doctorate in Biblical Theology. I am also a Spiritual Director who is strongly influenced by Thomas Merton. I often help people who have PTSD from military service, rape and sexual assault, and clergy abuse.
I teach academic theology at the University level and I write and speak on the subject of PTSD. I also manage the http://www.PTSDspirituality.com website.
Without meaning to be rude, I am not interested in debates on the existence of God.
I am interested in helping people to gain hope and healing from the horror of PTSD. PTSD is an awful set of symptoms to have to live with, as either the person who has PTSD or their loved ones. Many people lose hope. PTSD can be understood and we can regain our sense of self and our value.
If you are reading this and have PTSD or know someone with PTSD, then know that God loves you and that you have real value as a unique human being. Semper Pax, Dr. Z