My Therapy Approach

Discovering Self-Acceptance and Empowerment

A Compassionate and Engaging Approach to Therapy

I have a relaxed and conversational approach where I aim to help you make the changes you want to see. I strive to inform, empower, and build self-acceptance. I draw upon my professional experience and formal education, along with my years of practice and study of Buddhist philosophy and Ayurveda; including 6 years living in a Buddhist gompa. My goal is to help you understand more about yourself, your mind, your emotions, your relationships, and the situations in your life while working to apply practical psychological concepts with your own intelligence and mastery. In clinical language, I say that I use a person-centered approach and utilize various theoretical lenses that are grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help people focus on making the changes they want to see. I like to educate people about the human mind and help them find the coping skills that work for them, so they can have more agency in finding their own balance. What this means is that I highly value your personal intelligence and rely on you as a teammate in your success. I like to use education, humor, and compassion to make it easier to sift through the good, bad, and the ugly while finding some solutions that work.

Professional Background

Nurturing Growth through Teaching and Therapy

I grew up a carpenter’s son and followed his example in my early adulthood. By my mid 20’s I began working with others by teaching guitar, after school sports, yoga, and meditation while continuing to work as a handyman. From 2012-2014 I was fortunate enough to be able to teach High School Psychology classes that included Adolescent Social Psychology, Intro to Psychology, and Positive Psychology. For my practicum in 2012 I spent a year at James Lick High School in East San Jose, CA working with individuals and groups. From 2013-2016 I was a community-based therapist meeting clients in their homes, at their schools, or in the community. I provided individual and family support throughout Santa Clara County.  This was an invaluable training that allowed me to see what people would talk about in session, since I would be in their homes with them and often see the issues firsthand. In 2017 I worked at Brightquest Treatment Center in La Mesa, CA. This was an incredible experience. I worked in this residential facility with folks with severe psychiatric disorders that often also involved addiction. The intense nature of the treatment and regular interaction with clients provided a unique learning experience and genuine connections. I learned a great deal from the residential Milieu Therapy approach.

I also had the opportunity to work as a Military Family Life Counselor, supporting military service members and their families. I feel that I learned a lot and, since I was a Navy brat, I derived a great deal of meaning being able to give back to service members in this way.

Since 2018 I have been working in private practice helping children, teens, adults, and families in person and online. I continue to work on my professional development by studying, taking trainings, consulting with colleagues, and working to practice what I learn in a balanced way.


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #109329 
  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology
  • B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business Management
  • Certified in Positive Discipline

Building Melodies, Crafting Memories

I am a huge music fan and often go to my guitar or music library as my first choice for self-care care or fun. I grew up in New Hampshire, so nature became a big part of my life and self care. I love to hiking, camping, or do most anything in nature. I am also a big reader. Aside from reading all my psychology books I love to read history books and Sci-Fi Fantasy. Although, I must admit that reading these days tends to be through audiobooks and podcasts. I also like to take on projects building things with wood. There’s something fun about starting a project I don’t know how to finish and then figuring out how to work my way through it.

What Drew Me To This Work

I grew up in New Hampshire while my Mom lived in San Diego, California. As a result, most of our relationship was on the phone or through letters. Yes, actual letters with special stationary and everything, this was the 80’s and early 90’s mostly. The focus of our talks where often around the mind and self-growth. From that experience I knew that I wanted to study Psychology and try to help people.  The challenges of my own growth only strengthened my resolve to help others through their challenges. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for people doing the work of self-betterment and it is incredibly fulfilling to be able to do this as a profession.

My Commitment To You

It is my intention to be on your team to help you reach your goals. I will educate you and encourage you to do what you need to do for yourself. I will create a compassionate space where failure is not a problem, but a learning experience. I will be in your corner!

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