About Dr. Thor

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Laura A Thor, DMin, LCSW – Curriculum Vitae


  • Graduate Theological Foundation, Doctor of Ministry (DMin): Pastoral/ Spiritually-Integrative Psychotherapy, 2014.
  • Elat Chayyim Center for Jewish Spirituality, Lev Shomea Spiritual Director Training
  • Melton Adult Mini-School, Denver, CO: 2-year curriculum in Jewish studies, completed 2009, and continuing education
  • University of Minnesota, Master of Social Work, 1988
  • University of St. Catherine, Bachelor of Arts, Theology, 1981


  • LCSW: Colorado Licensed Clinical Social Worker 989689, since 1990

Affiliations & Distinctions

  • American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Member
  • Spiritual Directors International, Member
  • Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work, Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa, since 1981
  • Fund for Theological Education’s North American Ministerial Fellowship, 1981 Recipient

Published Article Highlights

  • Article, ‘Living in the Image of God: Transgender People in Spiritual Direction, in Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, December, 2013
  • Article, ‘The Heart of Atonement’ in ‘The Living Pulpit’ April-June, 2007
  • Journal, ‘Nature and Grace: A Journal of Catholic Spirituality and Well-Being’ published quarterly from Fall 1996–Summer 1998:
    • ‘On Being Seen, Known, and Loved: psychotherapy in service of soul’
    • ‘The Paradox of Intimacy: our fear of the shadow’
    • ‘Lenten Journeying: losing the ego, finding the indwelling Christ’
    • ‘Of Faith and Reality: dis-illusion and re-enchantment’

Continuing Education Highlights

  • “Forgiveness and Spirituality”  Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 2019
  • Association of Pastoral Counselors, Annual Conference, presenter: Living in the Image of God: Pastoral Counseling with Transgender People of Faiths, Decatur, GA, 2017
  • Society for Pastoral Theology conference, Practicing Public Pastoral Theologies in Contexts of Difference, paper presenter, Embodiment in pastoral counseling, Denver,2015
  • “Healing the Shame That Binds You: New Strategies for Healing toxic Shame” with John Bradshaw, continuing education, 2011
  • “Psychology & Spirituality”, continuing education, 2006
  • Certification of Completion of course: Psychopharmacology Updates, 2006

Relevant Employment History

  • Private Practice since 1990, concurrent with:
    • The Centre for Behavioral Health, Denver, CO, 1999-2006, clinician
    • Human Services Inc. Employee Assistance Program, Denver, CO, 1997-1999, clinician
    • HSI Counseling Services, Denver, CO 1992-1996, clinician
    • Charter Centennial Peaks Hospital, Louisville, CO, 1991-1992, clinician and educator
    • Private Practice, Western slope of Colorado, 1990-1991
    • West River Mental Health Center, Spearfish, SD 1988-1990, clinician
    • St. Thomas Catholic Church, Adult Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Co-Director, St. Paul Park, MN, 1981-1983