About

This may be more than you ever wanted to read, but I find people’s personal stories interesting, so, in the hope that you might share my interest, here’s mine.

Having grown up on the East Coast of the United States, I became a transplant to Santa Cruz, CA and, upon high school graduation, attended Monterey Peninsula College, from which I got an AA degree.

Who could not fall in love with the stunning beauty of this region? And that explains the pictures on my website. For me, there is a magic and a spirituality in the energy here that is unlike any other place I’ve ever been.

Back to ongoing life, now. After attending UC, Berkeley, as well as UC, Santa Barbara, after some interruptions, like employment and marriage, I finally graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Sociology.

I subsequently became a juvenile probation officer with a caseload of severely delinquent girls and got my first taste of counseling and supervision. During that time, I formulated counseling plans with them and their families, both individual and group counseling,  and collaborated with schools and other social service agencies in the community,  I found it extremely rewarding and challenging.

During this period, I had the rare opportunity of being trained in Gestalt therapy and Transactional Analysis under the tutelage of a psychiatrist. It was intense, fascinating, lasted a full year, and, during that time, I learned more about therapy and counseling and my unique abilities than I was ever to learn in graduate school. I honed my skills and then set off for graduate school in Hawaii.

Upon returning to the mainland after obtaining my M.S.W., I spent approximately ten years as a federal probation officer with the U.S. District Courts in San Francisco where I worked very closely with the federal judges, attorneys, and others in an attempt to recommend and implement programs which seemed to offer the most significant help to those under my investigation and supervision. I was very diligent and earnest in that effort, at the same time, I maintained a private practice in marriage and family therapy. Those years were exciting, stimulating and challenging, but I eventually realized I needed something new and different and a break from the stress.

During those years I had bought some rental properties for myself, enjoyed the process of purchasing and renovating them and thought I might like to go into real estate as a primary activity. I got a broker’s license and worked as an agent for some years with major brokerages, such as Coldwell Banker, etc.

As time progressed, I was fascinated and somewhat shocked, as were others in my office, to discover that I seemed to consistently attract clients who had particular and some serious, behavior and emotional problems which accompanied their need to buy or sell a house. Many required, not only my help as a real estate agent, but also my help as a therapist, without which they and the managing broker and I thought the real estate transaction would never get consummated. During that time, I also noticed that I was providing FREE therapy to a number of others in my office. After a few years of that, I decided that if I was to provide counseling, which I did continue to love, I was more comfortable in that designated role and getting paid for it, so I returned to that as a private practitioner.

That was many years, books, seminars, workshops, and trainings ago, and I now bring all of that to my practice as I continue to learn and expand. I have acquired many “tools” along the way, too many to mention. You would probably not be familiar with most, and you would be bored in reading about them, although I do list them on this page. More relevant for you, however, are your results, and with your full participation, you will have them. In addition to “tools”, there is life experience, and I have learned as much from my clients and others as I have from my formal “teachers” .  We are all teachers and students of each other. The “student”  never learns alone. The “teacher” also learns at the same time, and both are forever changed in the process.  We teach what we most need to learn, and we seek each other toward that end.

I do not have your answers.  You do. You just may not know that yet.

Each of us has our innate wisdom, and the excellent therapist/ counselor/coach knows this, sees you in your real power and merely facilitates your access to that wisdom which you recognize immediately when you hit it. That is where your freedom, your oxygen, and your life is. It resonates immediately, and it’s visceral.

It is a mind, body, and soul connection that is inescapable.

Credentials:

Master’s degree in Social Work (M.S.W.) University of Hawaii
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (L.M.F.T., #6172) CA Board of Behavioral Sciences
Real Estate Broker, CalBre #00926827

Training and general professional experience:

Training in many wide and diverse modalities designed to help others improve their lives – including, but
not limited to:

Conjoint Family Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Rogerian Therapy
Transactional Analysis
Gestalt Therapy
Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)
Rational Emotive Therapy
Divorce Mediation
Conflict Resolution
Specific processes for Clearing Toxic Emotions
Specific processes for identifying your life passions,
Specific processes for finding your perfect partner

Professional Experience:

Marriage and Family Therapy
Couples Counseling
Individual Counseling
Group Counseling
Divorce Mediation
Substance abuse
Depression