Steve Ballou
Steve Ballou

Affiliated Faculty

steve.ballou@myunion.edu

Books have been my best friends throughout my life. I was born with symptoms related to the Rubella syndrome. It stopped the full development of my hearing and eyesight- leaving me with 50% of each. When I was 8 years old, I read my first novel- Beautiful Joe- a story of a dog nobody wanted but who had a big heart. More importantly, I discovered something that would alter my life. I realized that when I was reading, I heard the world perfectly, every nuance, every word spoken, every name given, was made available to me. I was so excited that I read 42 books in the 4th grade year, giving me a life-long passion for reading. I also learned to hear the world with my eyes, to watch how people physically move, how they use their eyes to communicate.

Being an avid reader, I gravitated towards and eventually majored in English as an undergraduate. While in college, I developed life long interests in the theatre, philosophy, Buddhism, and cultural anthropology. I also was fortunate enough to meet, at this time, a woman who became a spiritual mentor to me for the next 20 years who helped me to develop further skills in counseling, intuitive listening, and understanding ancient spiritual teachers. Combined with school, I felt enriched by both traditional and non-traditional writers.

After graduation, I worked for a few years before deciding to return to school to study counseling. I began my graduate studies at Gallaudet College in counseling for the deaf.

I was fortunate enough to find work on Capitol Hill. This professional career lasted 5 years. My wife and I decided to move back to New England, in order for me to attend graduate school at Lesley College (now University) to study holistic counseling. The two years I spent in Cambridge were highly stimulating, resulting in a strong and confident understanding of how to work with individuals using both traditional and non-traditional counseling tools.

Following graduate school, I worked as a counselor in a substance abuse hospital and then in a community mental health center. I was promoted from a therapist to a clinical manager, overseeing program development and supervision of clinical staff. During this 12 year period of time, I completed my Ph.D. in 1996 from the Union Institute (now University) in Ohio. The focus of my research was in transpersonal psychology, with inter-disciplinary studies in philosophy, eastern religions, history and systems of psychology, as well as cultural anthropology.

As a result of my graduate and post-graduate work in progressive education, I became committed to that model, and, have been teaching in an undergraduate college for almost 10 years assisting students to develop a life long passion for learning in the field of transpersonal psychology.

Presently, I am Director of Psychological Services in a social service agency treating adolescents with emotional behavioral traumas, neurological deficits, and, psychiatric diagnoses.

I enjoy working with students who are interested in traditional/non-traditional areas of psychology, literature, spirituality, meditation, eastern religions and philosophies, altered states of consciousness, and healing arts.

Education
Ph.D., Union Institute & University, 1996 (focus in General Psychology)
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Lesley University, 1989
B.A., English Literature, Franklin Pierce College, 1973