Keeping it Real.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I bring over a decade of experience to Lafayette and surrounding communities, supporting the development of more fulfilling relationships. I am driven by a lifelong passion for the work of psychotherapy, my remarkable talent for empathic connection, and the enduring belief that we as humans have a natural tendency toward psychological growth & healing.
After completing a master's degree in Counseling Psychology at The Wright Institute in 2011, my work focused for six years on serving low-income families navigating a range of issues such as homelessness, active domestic violence, substance dependence, child welfare involvement, community gun violence, complex childhood trauma, teen pregnancy, and chronic homelessness. While helping parents to connect with crucial community resources, I supported them and their children with developing more fulfilling relationships, more secure attachments, and more effective strategies for coping with stress.
More recently my work has focused on serving pregnant women at-risk for substance use and peripartum depression/anxiety in a busy OBGYN clinic in San Francisco. It remains a unique and special privilege, as a man, to be part of women’s journeys through the many changes in relationships and identity, both during and following pregnancy.
Having served clients in a number of more high-paced environments, my private practice is focused on providing more individualized attention to adults, teens, and kids seeking to alter patterns of thinking and relating that have led to discomfort and suffering.
— California APT (CALAPT)
— Outreach and Promotions Chair, Member at Large, 2019-2020
— Superheroes Unite!; Homeless Prenatal Program, 2012.
— Families Moving Forward Case Management Model: Policies & Procedures. Homeless Prenatal Program; US Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families: Discretionary Grants Library, 2017.
License & Certifications
— Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Contemporary Issues
— Child-Centered Play Therapy Intensive
— Play Therapy Interventions for Children with Chronic Health Conditions
— Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training (PSI & 2020 Mom)
— Responding to Tragedy and Mass-Scale Disasters with Play Therapy
— Walking the Line: Treating Adolescents, Working with their Parents
— Passive Aggression, Sarcasm, Cold Anger, Hostility, and Aggression
— Applying Cognitive Behavioral Techniques to Create Sustainable Change