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ABOUT ME

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist specializing in teen, individual, couples and family psychotherapy. For the past ten years I have maintained a private practice in Auburn, CA. I am also a husband and father of two young children.

As a parent myself, I deeply understand and appreciate the importance of knowing our children are healthy and doing well, and I know how painful it can be to see your child struggling, especially when he or she won't talk about it with you. You can trust me to gently discover the issues, help your child find a way to express themselves clearly, and find workable solutions.

CLINICAL BACKGROUND

With more than fifteen years experience as a clinician, I have worked in a variety of intensive treatment settings, including Placer County Juvenile Hall.  A graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University and University of California at Davis, I am currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. My areas of expertise are art therapy, depression, non-defensive communication, anger-control, stress, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and trauma recovery, among others.

My clients say I am kind, supportive, and insightful.

In addition, I have presented lectures and taught classes to both professional and general audiences on topics ranging from art therapy to parenting to suicide intervention.

My treatment approach is to join authentically, assess the situation quickly, and then provide support and feedback to help clients resolve current problems and/or long-standing patterns.  I am a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist. I incorporate a blend of conventional and alternatives approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to find what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, I work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve their life goals.

Education
1991  BA in Studio Art, UC Davis
1995  MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy, Notre Dame de Namur University

Additional Training and Qualifications
Cognitive Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy
Guided Meditation and Relaxation
Specializing in Teen Issues
Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner
Family Crisis Mediation
Individual, Couples, and Child Counseling
ASIST Suicide Intervention Trainer

License #:  MFC36601