My Background and Experience
My professional experience spans 45 years. I have worked in community mental health centers, hospitals, and drug abuse clinics. I have extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. I have post-graduate training in individual therapy and extensive training in couples and family therapy. I have been a consultant with the County of Orange Health Care Agency to help develop and maintain the quality of the Children and Youth Services Behavioral Health Programs.
I have been trained in a variety of approaches including Gestalt Therapy (now is the only time there is), Neurolinguistic Programming (language creates our perception of reality), and Rational Emotive Therapy (our emotions are sustained by our thinking). I have done extensive self-study in existentialism (ontology, the science of being) and spirituality including A Course in Miracles (we create meaning in our lives, who we are is already whole and complete) which has been a mainstay of my personal and spiritual growth. I believe that true education is really an education in self-awareness and that all intellectual “knowledge” is quite empty if I can’t relate it to my own being and experience. Everything I have learned that is worth anything is the awareness that I have developed in myself. Only by knowing myself can I truly know and understand another human being.
Through the benefits I’ve gained from my own personal growth work, I know the value that therapy can have for my own clients. I believe my varied education and broad professional and personal experience enable me to be effective in working with you as your therapist.
“I believe that true education is really an education in self-awareness and that all intellectual “knowledge” is quite empty if I can’t relate it to my own being and experience.”