Bede is also a licensed clinical psychologist and offers psychological consultation and treatment. Bede earned his doctorate in 1990 at the Gordon F Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in New York. He trained and worked at the Menninger Clinic, where he was a Staff Psychologist, the Director of the Division of Religion and Psychiatry, and held the Ishak Ramsey Professorship at the Karl Menninger School of Mental Health Sciences.
In these capacities, he has written and presented widely on psychological and spiritual issues, including sexuality, trauma, ministerial self-care, and promoting psycho-spiritual growth throughout the lifespan. He has consulted with and provided treatment for religious professionals and focuses on working with religious issues in therapy. He has provided psychological assessments for religious and ministerial candidates and consulted with religious communities and dioceses of various denominations.
He has a keen interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology, especially psychoanalytic relational theory, as well as in exploring the contemplative dimension in everyday life.
Father Bede offers this statement of how he works in spiritual direction and psychotherapy: