My Approach to Helping
Our relationships are the greatest treasures we have in life. When we feel disconnected in our relationship with ourselves and others, we are more prone to experiencing isolation, dysfunction and pain. While our pain can be a great teacher, feeling stuck and alone on the journey of life can feel hopeless at times. My goal is to walk with you through the healing process and support you in restoring life in your relationship with yourself and others.
With a holistic approach to therapy, addressing the needs of the body, mind and soul are vital for restoring connection as we walk together through the healing process. The more we can learn to love and accept ourselves, the more we can love those around us.
I enjoy working with children and adolescents, adults, couples and those struggling with anxiety and depression.
With training in EMDR therapy, I can help individuals feeling stuck reliving traumatic moments from the past and move forward toward a place of emotional regulation. I am also trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, Restoration Couples Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy which aims at restoring love and trust, breaking the cycle of pain we often experience in our relationships. Previously, I worked as a child and family therapist at a clinic. I also have a background working as a musician and in pastoral ministry.
My hope is to help you find peace, authenticity and restoration during this season of your life. Come as you are and we can walk together through the healing process.
More Info About My Practice
I first got my start in ministry as a worship leader and musician, and later I worked in the private and public school systems as a teacher. These experiences opened my eyes to the need for people of all ages to find healing and a pathway through their difficult experiences. This desire led to a passion for counseling and walking with people through the healing process.
My therapy career began in a private practice. Afterward, I worked as a child and family therapist at a community mental health clinic, followed by a group private practice specializing in couples therapy. After several years in private practice and through countless hours of training and experience, I’ve expanded my work to couples, individuals, families, children and teens.
For those seeking recovery from painful experiences, I also specialize in trauma recovery as an EMDR therapist. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is one of the best evidence-based trauma recovery models that uses bilateral stimulation to help our bodies and minds reconnect, moving toward emotional regulation.
My passion is in helping people understand the deeper issues that drive our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, moving toward a healthier relationship with ourselves and others.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I now live in Pasadena with my lovely wife and our cat, Scampi. I enjoy running, hiking, movies and tv shows, while shredding on my guitar as much as possible.
I’d love to walk with you through the healing process. Let’s take the step and move toward restoration and wholeness together.