Services I Provide

I specialize in counseling and help with:

  • Adolescent Issues
  • Parenting of Teens
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress Management
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Grief & Loss
  • Supervision of MFT Trainees & Interns
 

What You Can Expect

Two important things will take place in our initial counseling session. The first is an exchange of information. I will give you information about my background, how I work, the counseling process, office procedures, and so forth. You share with me what's going on in your life that has brought you to counseling and what you hope will change as a result of working with me.

The second, and maybe even more significant outcome, is the forming of the therapeutic relationship. My hope is that you will experience with me a sense of warmth, compassion, non-judgement, and a genuine interest in and respect for you. In therapeutic terms, this is called "unconditional positive regard", and I believe that it is the foundation for any successful counseling experience.

By the end of the first session, you will likely have a good sense of how comfortable you feel with me and whether I'm a good fit for you as your therapist. Additionally, we will have developed some concrete goals for therapy and an initial direction for the sessions to come.

Background and Experience

Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

Marriage & Family Therapist License #MFC 28262
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
CAMFT Certified Supervisor

Master of Science, Counseling
California State University, Fullerton

Bachelor of Arts, Social Ecology
University of California, Irvine

Professional Experience

1991-Present: Clinician, Private Practice
Counseling adolescents, adults, couples, & families

2008-Present: Adjunct Faculty Member, Psychology Dept, Chapman University
Providing both individual and group supervision to graduate students

2008-Present: Adjunct Faculty Member, Alliant International University
Teaching in the Marriage & Family Therapy graduate program.

2001-2003: Clinical Supervisor, West End Family Counseling
Supervision of post-graduate counseling interns

1994-2002: Adjunct Faculty Member, University of LaVerne
Taught graduate courses in School Guidance

1989-2001: Staff Counselor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Counseled university students. Trained & supervised of counseling interns. Administrator for low-fee community counseling center.

1987-1989: College Counselor, Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science
Counseled at-risk first-year college students.

1985-1987: School Counselor, Straight Talk, Inc.
Provided counseling services in public schools grades K-8

1983-1985: Restitution Specialist, Youth Service Program, Inc
Counseled adolescents and their families. Assisted youth in providing restitution to victims of crime.

"The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become"

-Charles du Bois