Chap. (Maj.) Daniel Claypoole’s position as the garrison’s Family Life chaplain is more than just a job, it’s his calling, he said.
“It’s a tremendous responsibility, one that I don’t take lightly.”
Claypoole provides counseling to Soldiers, Family members and other employees through the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Religious Support Office’s Family Life Center.
People may choose to seek counseling at the Family Life Center for various reasons, Claypoole said. If they are religious, it may be because of the cross patch on his uniform. It may simply be because he wears the same uniform. Perhaps a chaplain they served with in harm’s way provided them with a sense of safety.
In his office, Claypoole has created what he calls, “an Army living room” where he meets with Families and individuals. One of the main reasons people come to the Family Life Center is because of marital issues.
“Communication, parenting, finances, all of these issues can be tied together,” he said. “I tell people don’t pull any punches with me; don’t feel like you have to sugarcoat anything here in this room because you’re here with a chaplain.”
Claypoole said he is a fan of emotion-focus therapy where people can explore the negative cycles they may perpetuate with those they are connected with.
“Unless we’re aware of our own dance moves, we call it, we can perpetuate those cycles,” he said. “It’s not a quick fix like a band aid or like the immediate effects of an aspirin or an ibuprofen. It takes time and intentionality and commitment. It takes vulnerability and cooperation from both spouses.”
Besides counseling, Claypoole also offers classes throughout the year and works with other USAG Wiesbaden organizations to ensure the garrison is meeting the spiritual, physical and mental health needs of its community members.
To learn more about Family Life Center services and upcoming classes, stop by the office in Hainerberg Chapel, Bldg. 7779, Room 5, or call (0611) 143-548-5173.