If you watched the video, you may have figured out that I’m not one of those people that is lucky enough to have always known exactly what I wanted to do with my career. My means for finding my way in early adulthood were fairly effective, but of course there were gaps, and always room for new ideas. Like my near-20 year interest in psychology, meditation and mindfulness were food for thought equally as long. Everything I read told me that it could really help me, but meditation wasn’t something that I felt I could do.
Contrary to what my creative leanings might suggest, I’m a pragmatic guy. I am generally drawn to types of therapy that are backed by research, respect the client as an equal in the room, and measure benefits from session to session. Therapy as a structured clinical science in general, and as an art in moments gets you to work quickly, and is a better value. A focus on here-and-now changes first, while managing the why’s, what’s, and how’s as they come up, keep our eyes on the change, rather than mulling over every detail of the past. We’re here to improve our lives today, right? Now is where I encourage our work to happen.
It wasn’t until years after my studies that I found a mindfulness based therapy that married some ancient philosophy on how our minds work, neuroscience, evolution, and tested clinical-interventions on habit change. The types of therapy I already found most effective for my clients, made even more sense with a the addition of mindfulness techniques and perspectives – AND – years of meditation are not required – none is required if you’re really averse to it.
Training and Relevant Experience:
I received a Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco in Clinical Psychology. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California professional license LMFT #80088).
I work mainly with life/work balance, modern dating, relationship improvement, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Along with my private psychotherapy practice, I am a sexual-health, risk-reduction counselor, and HIV test counselor at a San Francisco public health clinic. I have also worked extensively with families and individual caregiving for an ill loved one.
Since 2006, I have spoken at several Bay Area Senior Round-Table events, and lead community based support groups for family caregivers. My groups and talks cover aging, wellness technology, caregiver burnout, caregiver coping skills, and more.
Private practice focus:
- Modern Dating & Improving relationships
- Caregiver support and coping skills
- Work-life balance
- Sex & Sexuality
- Trauma recovery
I am also a certified Hypnotherapist.