I earn a living sitting in a comfortable chair talking with people about the most important
issues in their lives.
That’s my standard response when I'm asked what I do for a living. It captures how I
feel each morning coming to work: I'm honored to be a part of my clients' world and privileged to use my training
to help people.
In my childhood I suffered a family tragedy that resulted in a year of therapy, which was
among the most profound experiences of my life. So much so that I started a peer counseling program when I was in high school.
In college I was a youth worker and decided to take some psychology courses so I could better help the kids with their breakups,
their parent’s divorces and their teenage angst. This morphed into a major and several years of graduate school. My
education at Fuller entailed a master’s in theology en route to a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, a perfect meld of my
I was trained at the LA County/USC Medical Center, the Wright Institute Los Angeles, and Southern
California Psychoanalytic Institute, and was fortunate to teach courses at Glendale College and Pepperdine University’s
graduate school. I’ve been Clinical Professor for Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology since 2002, teaching
a few classes and supervising graduate students training to become therapists. I’ve been a psychotherapist since 1994
and mess around with music and writing on the side. In 2007 I co-authored a book entitled What Wives Wish their Husbands Knew About Sex, in 2008 I started a blog for Psychology Today called In Therapy, and I began a column for the Psychotherapy Networker Magazine in 2010.
In 2011 I was Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). In 2012 I started National Psychotherapy Day, a day to promote the field of therapy, not individuals. In 2014 I launched HeadCheck, the first mental health checkup.
I've been busy, but this all stems from a common theme - I believe in the healing power of the one-to-one
therapeutic relationship, and I want everyone to have access to it.