Fr. Christophe holds an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a specialty in Early Child Development from Vassar College. He also conducted graduate work in Bioenergetics at the University of Bridgeport.
A founding member of the Greenwich Hotline for crisis intervention and the Vassar College Drop-In Center for on-campus intervention. His tenure includes work with the Center for Christian Counseling & Healing in West Haven, Connecticut; the Pastoral Theological Institute in Madison, Connecticut; the Christian Institute For Psychotherapeutic Studies in Hicksville, Long Island; Supervisor with the C.G. Jung Institute for Training and Therapy Center in Manhattan; and the Temenos Institute in Westport, Connecticut. He is now working exclusively with the ministry he founded, based upon ancient Russian models, The Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup.
In 1977, he participated in a workshop led by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos (author of Orthodox Psychotherapy), which presented a turning point in his career. Since that time, he has integrated the science of Orthodox psychotherapy, as taught by the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church, in his counseling work. His commitment is not just to a career, but to a cause, which happens to be his career. He has developed the fullness of a ministry to the addicted, and to suffering people who are in families where addictions and their destructive effects have been present.
Fr. Christophe has been supervised by his spiritual father/confessor, Archpriest Gordon Walker, Saint Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Franklin, Tennessee for over 20 years. Fr. Gordon holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling with over fifty years of experience working with the addicted and their families.