Who is this guy?
Hi there! Thank you for your interest in me and in the art of therapy. It is my hope the information here will answer some of your questions. If something you want to know is not addressed here, please feel free to call or email me and ask away.
My office is in Encino, California, and I work with adults, adolescents, couples, and families on areas of their lives they struggle with or want to change. I am an LGBT ally, and I welcome people from all walks of life.
Together, we will strive to understand what is holding you back from living the life you really want--the life you know you deserve. When people ask what my specialty is, I tell them:
I specialize in resilience.
I am often asked what therapists know that the rest of the world does not: how do we help people unlock the secrets of happiness? My philosophy is simple: the answers to what brings you to therapy are already within you. You just need help finding them. Think of me as your very own personal tour guide on your journey through life. I am specifically trained to help you identify things you may not have recognized are holding you back--often in ways you might never imagine. I believe you are the expert on you. My role is to help you find the answers, and realize the changes and growth you wish for. We will do this together, and on your terms. This is a collaborative process, and am honored to be in your corner. Frankly, I'm excited about it!
So where did I get this training? I went to two great schools right here in the Los Angeles area: I hold a MA in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy from one of the most highly regarded psychology graduate schools in the state, Phillips Graduate Institute (PGI), where I studied Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Humanistic Therapy. At PGI, I focused on Solution-Focused and Narrative therapies in my postmodern concentration. These integrate well with the Family Systems approach, and I draw from them frequently. In addition, I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology California Lutheran University (CLU), where I focused on biological psychology, social learning, identity development, and gender studies. My capstone at CLU was Positive Psychology.
Much of my research and training has focused on resilience, specifically, overcoming adversity and dealing with challenging life events. Examples include: relationship and family issues, transition and recovery following the end of a relationship or marriage, loss, relocation, abuse, or other adverse circumstance, and addressing the myriad of issues which affect one's self-esteem, self-image, and self-confidence. I also treat mood, anxiety, and other disorders. I have tremendous faith in the human ability to be resilient and take control of your life, and I can help you do so--this is the core of my work. The subject of my master's thesis in graduate school was Resilience in Adolescents Following Parental Divorce. My take on the glass half full/empty thing is that the glass is refillable.
I truly love what I do. I believe I have the greatest job in the world--I get to help people improve their lives and create their own happiness. I cannot imagine doing any other kind of work, and I am completely dedicated to being as helpful as possible in this role. The well-being of the people I work with, and that of humanity at large, is very important to me—and that includes you.
Would you like to work with me? Please click here to contact me. Let's talk.