As a young man I faced personal crisis that left me feeling as though I had no one to support me in the most fundamental ways. My suffering compounded as I grasped for defensive strategies that only led to further isolation, chronic anxiety, and depression. As I grew into adulthood, my life seemed to be wrought with confusion and self-hatred. With the support of a handful of friendships, I discovered Vipassana meditation and psychotherapy. What I entered whole-heartedly for my own personal healing, has become my lifelong practice and profession. I have come to discover that with the right intentions and the support of others, transformative healing can happen.
My Approach to Psychotherapy
My orientation as a therapist is a humanistic one. I trust the inter-subjective experience that arises naturally between therapist and client to inform the direction of exploration. In this approach I allow myself to enter into the client-therapist relationship in a skillful, authentic way. My intention is for the client to feel the support of my training as a clinician, as well as the availability of the person I really am.
I received a master's degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I have studied the lineage of psychotherapy from its roots in Freudian psychodynamics, to the more humanistic manifestations that we have come to know today. I specialize in AEDP, a psychotherapeutic model by Diana Fosha, PhD. The work is a combination of attachment dynamics, somatics, and relational psychotherapy. For more information about AEDP please visit the AEDP web page.
In 2011 I founded The Well Clinic in collaboration with experts in the field of mental and emotional health. The Well Clinic offers a holistically oriented approach in the treatment of emtional, mood and relationship issues.
Training, Credentials and Practice
CIIS, Master's in Counseling Psychology- Completed
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California
Dan Wile's Approach to Couples Therapy Level 1- Completed
Gottman Approach to Couples Therapy Level 1 Course-Completed
AEDP Level 2 Advanced Training-Completed
The 2012 Couples Conference-Attachment, Differentiation, Neuroscience in Couples Therapy
Emotionally Focused Therapy- Externship with Dr. Susan Johnson author of best seller Hold Me Tight
San Francisco Zen Hospice- Volunteer Care Provider for 1 1/2 Years
UCSF- Volunteer Bereavement Counselor- 1 year
Vipassana Mediation- Practicing since 1992