Are you ready to experience trust, intimacy, and love again?
When something gets in the way that prevents us from experiencing joy and satisfaction in our life—that’s the time to seek out a competent therapist.
Whether you are experiencing challenges with a relationship, issues with addiction, or some type of emotional disruption, therapy can often provide help.
I was born in Texas but have lived almost all my life in California, the last 21 years in Sonoma County. Growing up in Southern California, I developed a passion for both the outdoors and for riding motorcycles which I still enjoy to this day. Other interests include camping, hiking, bicycling, museums, California history, blues, good jazz, road trips, and spending time with family and my two young grandsons.
After finishing college, I spent the next 20 years in the commercial sales field. After acknowledging that profession wasn't really bringing satisfaction to my life (or my soul), I decided to go back to school to pursue a Master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy.
Like many people, I've encountered many challenges and lessons in life, including my parent's divorce when I was a teen, familial addiction issues, my own divorce 30 years ago, getting remarried, and addressing my own addiction issues. Having been through (and learning from) these experiences and addictions has made me a better person and therapist.
I decided to expand my area of therapy expertise to include the area of sexual addiction in order to effectively work with and help individuals and their partner who are struggling with the effects of those behaviors. In 2017, I became certified as a Sexual Recovery Therapist (CSRT).
Like others before me, I know the benefits of being of service to help those who are struggling with relationship or addiction issues. As a recovering person myself, I know the satisfaction it can bring by helping others navigate through the pain and fallout so that they can heal and develop the quality of life they are seeking. That’s why I enjoy the work that I do.
Spouse or Partner
Individual therapy involves a personal and specific exploration of the thoughts, behaviors, and situations which are not serving your best interest. I work with clients in order to uncover what is and what isn’t working in one’s life. We examine those elements which have disrupted the quality and substance of those situations or relationships. Together, we explore what alternatives and solutions are possible to lead you in a positive direction.
Groups are a wonderful opportunity for individuals to join with others to work on similar issues with the same goals. These groups promote growth by safely addressing challenges, while benefiting from the feedback, support, and insights from others in the group. This facilitates growth and healing.
In couple's therapy, we work to uncover blockages to intimacy while exploring what hasn't been working and why. We also determine what strengths each person brings to the partnership and build from that as well. We then work in a safe setting which provides understanding, help, and support for both partners.
HOW DOES THERAPY WORK?
The most common and effective forms of therapy are Individual, Group, and Couples Therapy