I have gratefully counseled individuals and families for over 50,000 hours. I began my career doing drug and alcohol counseling in the late 80’s when I was 19. I was absolutely clear that I wanted to become a highly effective therapist, but knew there was no shortcut for the “seasoning” required to become masterful. Thus, I was driven to learn from the best in my field. I spent my early years in countless hours of extra supervision, trainings, and workshops. My mentors were adamant that we can only take people as far as we’ve come. So, I coupled my training with years of individual and group psychotherapy in various modalities. The idea was simple: Be curious. Be courageous. Be honest. I am so happy to say that this worked! In my 20’s I directed or was the program coordinator for three outpatient and two inpatient programs. Ive seen the depths of human suffering and the beauty of true joy. Ive been in private practice for over 20 years in Westlake, California, and absolutely love what I do.
I earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology at California State University Northridge in 1989, a Masters of the Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Philips Institute (formerly California Family Study Center) in 1991, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan college in 1994.
I have been married for over 20 years to my incredible wife and have a wonderful daughter. Although I do work hard, I have a zest for making the most out of my time with family and friends.