2024 CPA Member Awards

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association is pleased to announce the 2024 Membership Awards.  Every year, we receive nominations for four separate distinctions.

St. Hildegard of Bingen Outstanding Supervisor Award 

This award reflects the Catholic Psychotherapy Association’s commitment to supporting the growth of our interdisciplinary psychotherapy practice through outstanding mentorship and supervision. The supervisor is a primary gatekeeper of ethical clinical practice and provides his/her supervisees with meaningful, personalized support as they develop their therapeutic self.


Bryan Kelso, LMFT

Bryan is a married father of five children. He converted to the Catholic faith in 2003 “after discovering for myself the healing power in the Church.  He shares his gift of healing that he discovered with others. He has an extensive understanding of Catholic teaching and apologetics, especially related to enabling the power of the sacraments to assist in psychological healing.

Our Mother of Good Counsel Clinical Excellence Award 

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association recognizes outstanding clinical psychotherapy practice that embodies the mission of the organization. The recipient of this award displays exceptional clinical skills in psychotherapy, marked by their upstanding reputation within their local community and diocese.


Richard Dell‘Isola, Ph.D., LMFTA

Richard’s primary research interest is in marital relationship formation and functioning, focusing on pre- and early-marital factors that protect couples from divorce. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate in the state of North Carolina. He works with individuals, couples, and families to help with various presenting issues such marital conflict, family conflict, depression, anxiety, trauma, and passionate about facilitating premarital counseling.


Pope St. John Paul II Academic & Research Excellence Award 

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association recognizes outstanding academic literature and research that honors the dignity of the human person and embodies the Mission of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. The recipient of this award has positively contributed to our understanding of Catholic psychotherapy and made a substantial effort to narrow the gap between research and clinical practice.


Martiño Rodríguez González, Ph.D.

Martino Rodriguez Gonzales is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society and an Assistant Professor in the Department of  Education and Psychology at the Universidad de Navarra, Spain. He has 26 peer-reviewed journal publications in journals such as Clinical Psychology Review, The American Journal of Family Therapy, Contemporary Family Therapy,  Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, Contemporary Family Therapy, Journal of Counseling and Development and  Terapia Psicológica.

He has nine book chapters on several topics including Actividad sexual y salud mental de los adolescentes: el papel de la religiosidad; Somos niñas y niños; Aprendamos a amar: Proyecto de

educación afectivo sexual 5-12 años and ¿La familia importa? Una revisión de la investigación

empírica sobre el impacto de la diferenciación del self en la salud física y psicológica.


St. Martin de Porres Intrinsic Dignity Award 

Foundational to the ministry of the Catholic Church, acknowledges the intrinsic dignity of each human being and actively supports the needs of the underserved, oppressed, and/or marginalized persons in society. Catholic psychotherapists, researchers, educators, administrators, and spiritual leaders who minister to these persons have an essential role in the ministry of the Church as a whole. Therefore, the Catholic Psychotherapy Association

recognizes those who have made laudable efforts to reduce discrimination and uphold the dignity of all human persons.


Josephine De Guzman, M.D.

Dr. Josephine DeGuzman is a psychiatrist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She received her medical degree from Texas AM Health Science Center College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Josephine DeGuzman has expertise in treating anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, among other conditions.


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