About Us

Souls and Hearts: Why was it started?

Thomas Aquinas said, “Grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it.” Our human fallen nature is something we all struggle with every day. We have the responsibility to work on those things in our control, allowing God and grace to build on our best efforts.

Souls and Hearts was developed to meet the needs of practicing Catholics who struggle with the everyday challenges of life. Grounded in a Catholic anthropology, Souls and Hearts’ contributors draw from the psychological sciences to offer Catholics mental health education and information in an online format. Our courses are designed as a resource for Catholics, perhaps as an adjunct to therapy, or for those who may not require therapy but could use practical psycho-education on a mental-health-related topic.

Mission

Souls and Hearts offers practical and cost-effective web-based resources to help individuals, spouses, and families overcome psychological impediments to receiving God’s love, allowing them to heal and flourish through loving God, self, and others more authentically and fully.

Vision

Souls and Hearts aspires to be the most comprehensive Catholic online resource for individuals, couples and families to find the psychological information and support that they need, sourced directly from solidly Catholic mental health professionals. Based on a Catholic worldview, we directly address the pressing issues and challenges faced by so many in their life journey. Using our web-based media, our participants find trustworthy answers to their difficult questions and practical solutions to their painful problems. Our major focal points include family life issues, relationship struggles, marital conflicts, sexual difficulties, damaging habits and behaviors, personal traumas, problems with shame, a lack of peace or joy, failures to thrive, and general mental health concerns. Participants can choose from a wealth of programming in a variety of formats (blogs, podcasts, webinars, etc.), with options ranging from free material to subscription programs and a curriculum of in-depth courses.

By continuously investing in Catholic content contributed by leading-edge mental health clinicians, Souls and Hearts brings together a wealth of much needed resources that not only increase personal wellness but facilitate spiritual growth and a deeper relationship with God.

Our services are educational and provide information, and they may be used as an adjunct to therapy, but Souls and Hearts does not provide therapy or any clinical services. We deeply desire that Souls and Hearts participants and contributors be energized, encouraged, supported, enlightened, and connected by engaging in this community that promotes discussion, intellectual activity, learning, and personal growth. It is our prayer that our services provide practical means for individuals and families to thrive, and that our participants and contributors grow in compassion for self and others, and deeper union with our loving God.

The Souls and Hearts Team

  • Dr. Peter Malinoski


    I am Peter Malinoski, Ph.D., president and co-founder of Souls and Hearts, and a clinical psychologist for the past 20 years in private practice in Indianapolis. I specialize in resolving problems and healing wounds that bridge the psychological and spiritual realms. A particular emphasis on unconscious psychological factors that thwart one’s capacity to receive love from God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and other people underlies my work. I also focus on the unconscious dynamics that get in the way of us loving God and each other. I’ve been particularly influenced by Carmelite spirituality, especially St. Teresa of Avila and St. Therese of Lisieux and also by St. Maximilian Kolbe. With Souls and Hearts, I manage the business operations and contribute to content creation. I have been married for 27 years to my beloved wife Pam. We have seven children aged 10 to 25. I enjoy raising chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, and a dairy cow as well as vegetables and fruits on our five-acre, integrated farm. I also like to run, and I delight in Ultimate Frisbee. I lead the Interior Therapist Community (ITC) and the Resilient Catholics Community (RCC) within Souls and Hearts, and I create the weekly Interior Integration for Catholics Podcast.

  • Dr. Gerry Crete


    I am Gerry Crete, Ph.D., chief executive officer and co-founder of Souls and Hearts. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional counselor in private practice. My practice, Transfiguration Counseling, is based in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to marriage counseling, I specialize in the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders. As an EMDR certified therapist I help my clients process past wounds and adapt to stress in new ways. My spiritual approach has been influenced especially by the writings and practices of St. Francis de Sales, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and St. Teresa of Avila. As a Byzantine Catholic, I have also been influenced by the Eastern Christian emphasis on the person as created in the image of God as well as the concepts of theosis (inner transformation into the likeness of God) and hesychasm (stillness before God). On a lighter note, I’m a lifetime science fiction/fantasy geek who enjoys old comic books and movies. I also love biking and hiking. I’ve been married 27 years and have three grown children.

  • Marion Bean Moreland


    I am Marion Bean Moreland, Lead Navigator for the Resilient Catholic Community. I am a licensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia, and I am an Internal Family Systems Consultant. I have a private practice; Integrated Hearts and I am a Professor for the Spiritual Direction Certificate Program and Divine Mercy University. I am a Certified Clinical Traumatologist with a passion for helping after a disaster. I am Roman Catholic and a Tertiary in the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and have been influenced by Bl. Anna Marie Taigi, Bl. Elizabeth Canori Mora, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. I have been married for 39 years, have three daughters and their families have brought us 9 grandchildren with one on the way. When I’m not spending time with family I love to dance, play games, work on home projects, and travel.

  • Dr. Peter Martin


    I am Peter Martin, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and training director at a Catholic faith-integrated doctoral internship program based in Lincoln, Nebraska. I head the psychological and faith-integrated formation of our interns, mental health professionals and other clinical staff. I am indebted to the writings and exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and I have become increasingly influenced by Carmelite spirituality. I am also a consultant for the human formation program of a religious order. I have developed a task for assessing psychospiritual experiences called the Holy Trinity & Mary Drawings (HTMD) and am co-leading a multi-site psychospiritual vocational assessment project to evaluate the functioning of diocesan and men’s and women’s religious life candidates. I have a deep interest in understanding and healing psychological obstacles to authentic spiritual encounters and relationships, understanding the psychology of belief and unbelief, and authentic religious conversion. I have been married for over a decade and the Lord has blessed my wife, Larissa, and me with 3 rambunctious children who love to explore our acreage that is garnished with 50+ chickens, cattle, cats and a dog. On a personal level, I probably could have been diagnosed as a basketball junkie in my younger days, I love all things G.K. Chesterton and am a Thomist at heart. I am honored to be with the Interior Therapist Community as a Trainer and Consultant within Souls & Hearts.

  • Monty De La Torre


    Hello! I am Monty De La Torre, Ph.D., and currently the philosopher-in-residence at Souls & Hearts. I hold a Ph.D. in philosophy from Australian Catholic University, an M.A. in Theology from Christendom Graduate School of Theology, a B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven, and a B.A. in Music from La Sierra University. I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas’s Fourth Way. I am passionate about utilizing IFS, philosophy, and theology in the development of human formation and the general pursuit of healing. I love to read, lift weights, watch movies, dance, and collect art. It is grace to be part of this organization.

  • Patty Ellenberger


    I am Patty Ellenberger, Office Manager for Souls and Hearts. I have a degree in accounting and worked as a public and cost accountant before opting to stay at home to raise our five children. I have been home schooling for the past 24 years, during which I have been active volunteering for my kids’ school co-ops and activities, as well as parish ministries. With our youngest graduating, I am excited that the next chapter of my life includes working with the Souls and Hearts team. I enjoy trying new recipes, reading, biking with my husband, Jeff, and spending time with our family.

  • Pam Malinoski


    I’m Pam Malinoski, and I support Souls and Hearts as integrator, helping pull together all aspects of the organization focused on a single vision. I have a degree in journalism and have worked in public relations and corporate communications as well as a freelance writer. After about a dozen years as solely a homemaker, homeschooler, and homesteader, I jumped back into the freelance writing world in 2016. My favorite thing to say about being a mom of a large family is that “I’m never bored!” Children grow and change every day, and through the grace of God, I get to be part of their amazing lives. My favorite homesteading project is maple syruping in the late winter. It’s six weeks of hard work and then you’ve got a year’s supply of syrup. Since cold weather and snow mean more syrup, it’s a happy reason for February weather.

  • Elizabeth Hofmeister


    Hello! I am currently helping Dr. Peter with the Resilient Catholics Community as well as various other tasks around the Souls and Hearts website. I recently finished a Master’s in Sacred Theology at the International Theological Institute in Austria and am currently in a Master’s in Counseling program at Marian University. I am originally from Indiana but have lived in Austria for the past six years. I really like the Internal Family Systems Model of therapy and have had some unofficial training in this model. My way of seeing myself and others is heavily influenced by IFS as well as by my background in Philosophy and Catholic Theology. I love to travel and explore new places, in my free time I enjoy long walks in nature, spending time with family and friends, reading, or just taking time to think about interesting topics.

  • Lizzy Engelkamp


    I am Lizzy Engelkamp, a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Clark University. I help manage the Resilient Catholics Community and write IFS-informed individual reports for our members. I’m so grateful for the Internal Family Systems model of therapy and the way it’s supported my human formation as well as how it can serve our RCC members and my future clients. I enjoy exploring New England, playing tennis, and trying new recipes with my husband, TJ.

  • Severin Kempf


    My name is Severin Kempf, and I serve Souls and Hearts with backend IT support through my business, Indy Engineering Solutions. A mechanical engineer by training, I have spent the last 16
 years in a mix of systems administration and custom programming services. My primary interest is programming methods development, especially in LISP.

    My beautiful wife, Amy, and I have an admittedly large and still growing family. We work together on a one-acre homestead where we make syrup in the spring, raise poultry and sheep in the summer, and
 harvest a lot of fruits and vegetables in the fall. I greatly enjoy understanding how things work and frequently fix things as a hobby.