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's oversimplified, but 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. Through my teaching, writing and clinical work, my goal has always been to demystify psychology and make it more accessible to everyone.
I was trained at LA County+USC Medical Center, Wright Institute Los Angeles and Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute while earning master's degrees in theology and psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. I've taught at Glendale College and Pepperdine University's graduate school, and currently hold a position as Clinical Professor at Fuller, teaching a few classes and supervising student clinicians. I've been a therapist since 1997 while moonlighting as a musician and writer.
I'm pleased that my writing has been featured in Shape Magazine, Beliefnet, Charaktery (Poland), PsychCentral, Maclean's (Canada), Psychology Today and in a cartoonist's strips about therapy. In 2007 I co-authored a sex manual for Christian men. In 2008 I started writing In Therapy for Psychology Today, and in 2010 I became a Contributing Editor for Psychotherapy Networker magazine. This blog was named a Top 10 Psychoanalysis Blog by Blogs.com.
This blog is written for people who are in therapy or considering therapy. I want to demystify the unique and often strange process of therapy to help empower clients get the most out of their time, money and effort.