I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 96157) with over a decade of clinical experience helping people transform their lives. I use evidence-informed practices such as attachment- based therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the treatment of trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, some eating disorders, and relationship issues.
I specialize in working with adults who have experienced childhood maltreatment (in the form of neglect, abuse, parental psychiatric disorders or addiction) and as a result struggle with trust and decision making. These individuals often develop unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance use, self-harm, sexual compulsion, denial, unfulfilling relationships, and other forms of self-soothing that leads to a disconnection from their true selves.
This disconnection becomes one of the most painful aspects of trauma and is therefore one of the essential focus of treatment. To reclaim the connection to one's true self and identity is an essential part of healing. This often requires trust in a therapist who is compassionate, competent, and has done that work personally.
For years, I worked as a therapist in different settings that ranged from the typical outpatient office in the community to the not so typical special housing unit in the main jail of Boston. The primary focus of my work has stayed consistent however: to help people reclaim their true selves, to separate their identity from their symptoms and to recognize their fierce resilience which has helped them to thrive by overcoming adversity.
I love what I do because my work impacts real people in meaningful ways. I am also a husband to a loving and supportive wife and the father of a beautiful and tenacious young girl. I earned my undergraduate degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Psychology; a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling, both from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). I am licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am also a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).