I believe people can change and prosper when life challenging circumstances occur. Change can be tough when an individual holds on to old distorted views of themselves, situations and/or behaviors that keep them stuck. When someone is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis, it may be difficult for them to take the necessary steps to put things into perspective by themselves. My strength is creating an environment that allows clients to feel comfortable, supported, and engaged. This helps people to open up and talk about themselves, behaviors and experiences they may otherwise keep secret or suffer with silently in shame. The support provides a safe place to help them challenge their irrational thoughts and be open to new ways of thinking. My preferred therapy modalities are cognitive behavioral and family systems, but will use other approaches to meet the need of the client.
I am licensed in California with 32 years of professional work experience. I have treated clients for depression, anxiety, anger management and trauma. I have worked in multiple, diverse mental health treatment settings, including private practice, treating such issues as drug/alcohol abuse, victimization, suicide prevention, anger management, family conflict and reunification, juvenile sex offending and conduct disorder.
As a Mental Health Clinic Director and Supervisor (combined 20 years) I managed teams of clinical staff including psychiatrists, therapists, and substance abuse counselors. In addition, as a mental health master trainer, I provided ongoing mental health training to clinical, medical and program staff.
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with a Master of Arts degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy .
On a personal note, I am married to the woman I met in college. Together, we have raised three children who are now establishing their own families. In my free time, I lead an active life and have been an avid mountain biker for 20 years. Time spent outdoors and with my family bring me great happiness and a sense of balance.
I believe you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to begin therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Problems, First Responder Issues
CA LMFT 18030