Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Director of the Mental Health Counseling Program
Phone: (317) 931-2346
Matthias Beier is the author of A Violent God-Image: An Introduction to the Work of Eugen Drewermann
(Continuum 2004, 2006), Gott ohne Angst
(Taking the Fear out of God
, Patmos 2010), and has published articles in The Psychoanalytic Review
, Pastoral Psychology
, Tikkun Magazine
, and the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion
. Beier undertook a Gott ohne Angst
Book Tour during the summer of 2010.
A nationally certified and New York state licensed psychoanalyst, Beier received his training in psychoanalysis at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, New York, of which he is a member. A Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, he currently serves as Chair of the Association’s Leadership Development Committee. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Pastoral Theology, the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and the Society for Biblical Literature. Clinically, Beier works as a psychoanalyst and pastoral psychotherapist with individuals, couples, and families.
Beier has served as a United Methodist minister in New Jersey and is currently appointed by the United Methodist Church of Germany for extension ministry as a pastoral counselor. His research interests include questions such as what determines whether religion is psychologically and spiritually healthy or unhealthy; how does the idea of God relate to the human quest for love and meaning in the face of our awareness of death; how can therapeutic and sociocultural models come together in theology to create effective change of structures of injustice in church and society; and what are the implications of the innovative therapeutic theology of Eugen Drewermann for pastoral, clinical, and social practice.
Books, Articles, Lectures and Videos
presented by Matthias Beier