My position as psychotherapist is rooted in maintaining empathy, curiosity, kindness + compassion. Collaboratively supporting your dreams, goals, lifestyle choices, cultural history, spiritual practice + helping LGTBQ+ and alternative family ideas..
how did i get here?:
I came to therapy in 2014 out of my desire to create a space where no one had to feel unheard, criticized, marginalized, medicalized, or feel they are the one with the problem. Providing therapy in which people are respected and not just patients, crying and re-living trauma was not the primary conduit to change. But, mostly providing a place that is about problem solving not people solving.
I have a Bachelor of Science (Product Design) from Art Center College of Design, Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and a 200 hr/100 consecutive day Level 1 meditation teacher certification from Charlie Knoles and Liddy Aherns @ The Veda Center. I have spent over 25 years as a graphic designer, product designer and art director. I was raised in a creative family (architect+teacher). Married to a former designer in the fashion industry and owner of her own business. I've been lucky enough to work in the action sports, entertainment, music, gaming + toy industries. Collaborating, listening, understanding + supporting how individualists, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, visionaries + business owners view themselves + the world.
Current Storied Life:
I live as a father, son, husband, pet owner, plant based foodie, meditator, artist, thinker, sometimes surfer, mountain biker, hiker or runner + animal lover. Influenced by history,the future Buddhist dharma(Gil Fronsdal), Mark Epstein MD,& Lodro Rinzler), meditation(Thom & Charlie Knoles, Joesph Goldstein), and working hard to understand the intersection of science + philosophy + consciousness (Buddha, Sam & Anakka Harris).
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University, Irvine, CA
B.S. Industrial Design, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena,
200 hour/100 day Level 1 Meditation Teacher Certification: Charlie Knoles/The Veda Center
Psy-Chi International Honor Society of Psychology
CAMFT California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
AAMFT American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists