T.L. Orcutt entered this world in 1945 and grew up in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.A. in Psychology in 1967 and his M.A. in Philosophical Foundations of Education in 1969 from California State University @ Northridge. With a passion for Asian systems of liberation, humanistic psychology and existential psychotherapy, he studied extensively under Viktor Frankl and favored the works of Osho Rajneesh, Alan Watts, Fritz Perls, Jacob Moreno, Karl Jaspers, Carl Jung, John C. Lilly, Dane Rudyhar, Lawrence LeShan, Thomas Szasz, and R.D. Laing. Completing his phenomenological dissertation on Experiencing Authentic Creativity, in which he compared consciousness and self-evolution with the creative process, he received his Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D.] degree in Human Behavior from the Graduate School of Leadership and Human Behavior, United States International University @ San Diego in 1971.
At age 26, his first postdoctoral position was as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Staff Counselor at the College of Racine in Wisconsin. Four years later, Orcutt commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Navy. He completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland with an externship in Psychodrama at St. Elizabethís Hospital, Washington, D.C. Following his internship, he accepted a two year staff appointment at U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia where he was on the faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School. He was later certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, in cognitive psychotherapy by Harold Greenwald of the Direct Decision Therapy Institute, and became a Qualified Supervisor with the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Orcutt was licensed in Pennsylvania, California, and Arizona as a professional psychologist, and in California as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor.
Following military service, Orcutt taught at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and after a year returned to San Diego where he taught on the graduate faculty of the University of Humanistic Studies and shared the position of Dean of Academic Affairs at the Professional School of Psychological Studies. He was a Founding Member of the San Diego Group Psychotherapy Society, served as Director of Psychological Services at Rancho Bernardo Pain Rehabilitation Center, and conducted a private practice in professional psychotherapy for 16 years. Orcutt was a consultant to numerous hospitals and organizations including the Psychiatry Department of the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego where for 22 years he trained nearly eighty psychiatrists in group psychotherapy, receiving the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1988-89.
In a parallel life, Orcutt has been involved as a practitioner of inner traditions: transpersonal, paranormal, mystical, meditative, and esoteric studies since the early 60s. His first astrology reading was given to him at age ten by a friendís mother associated with Manly P. Hall at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles.
In his twenties, he studied tai chi chuan and kung fu with Liang-Ting Shuk for eight years and aikido for three years with Richard Kadlubowski and Ben Sekishiro. During this time Orcutt shared grins with Alan Watts, George Nakashima, and Gia-Fu Feng, also studying Silva Mind Control and diligently reading Carlos Castanedaís works as they emerged.
In his thirties through early forties he focused on Zen, Taoism, and Tibetan Buddhism, and was synchronistically led to meet Geshe Lobsang Tsephel, representing His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The important mystical and paranormal experiences during this time were reported in his 1995 edition of Magicians of the Soul: Exploring the World of Paranormal and Mystical Experiences
For the past ten years, Orcutt focused on the Western Mystery Tradition. In particular, he studied the occult and Kabbalistic wisdom of occult tarot, a continuation of work he had begun in his thirties. In 2003, having completed examinations, requirements, and over ten thousand professional divination readings, Orcutt was conferred the title of Tarot Grandmaster by the Tarot Certification Board of America, an independent body located in Albany, New York and now defunct. Also, during this time he completed initiations through the 32nd Degree as a Scottish Rite Freemason.
T.L. Orcutt is a member of the Authors Guild. Prior to 1995 he wrote four nonfiction books listed below. Since 1995, he has focused on writing novels. His fiction novels have been mostly inspired by John Steinbeck, Carlos Castaneda, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and more recently by T.C. Boyle, John Irving, and John Hart. Jamayah: Adventures on the Path of Return was the first title in The Path of Return Trilogy for which he received a San Diego Public Library Local Author Medal, celebrating the 40th Annual Local Authors Exhibit in 2006. The immediate sequel, Collateral Karma, was published in 2009. Third in the series is Letters from the Afterworld, first published in 2011 within the single volume trilogy with the revised editions of the former two titles and an explanatory Afterword. The Path of Return Trilogy is available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.
Orcutt is most recently known for his fourth novel, Pre-existing Condition, one that appeals to readers interested in karma, past lives, and reincarnation. Themes of Little Red Riding Hood sneak under the covers in this haunted story of sexual karma stalking across lifetimes. He is working on a fifth novel about a young man with clairvoyant abilities who acquires a new uninvited spirit-friend.