I am very passionate about working with people who are searching to make their dreams come true or to heal injured relationships. I earnestly study psychological theories, techniques and strategies to create a powerful, positive impact in the lives of my clients.
I follow three basic principles in seeking to improve at what I do. The first is to focus on my own personal growth and spiritual development because I believe that I can increase my own ability to help others most effectively while I am working hard on improving myself. The second is to continuously study and refine the techniques I use to help people. Third, I consciously evaluate the effectiveness of my work and take the feedback from the people I am working with.
My personal life experiences provide the context for my work and understanding of the people I work with. Being a husband and father gives me give me the grounding to understand the daily realities in my client’s lives. I am blessed to have 5 lovely children ranging from newborn to 17. My spiritual life and practice are also important aspects of my work by helping me to be patient, kind, calm, and understanding with my clients, and honest and fair in my business dealings. I have been practicing a mind/body cultivation practice called Falun Gong for nearly 20 years. The practice consists of a form of Qigong meditation exercises as well as following the principles of Truth, Compassion and Tolerance in daily life.
My Experience and Training
I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Chico and I am licensed by the State of California as a Clinical Social Worker. Some of my favorite subjects to study include theories of psychodynamics, attachment, developmental psychology, family systems, and the Myers-Briggs personality typing system. I have extensive experience delivering individual, group, and family therapy; particularly in the following modalities:
Emotionally Focused Therapy: I completed two trainings in EFT by The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy as well as a certificate course by the founder of EFT, Dr. Sue Johnson. In addition, I repeatedly study and review books on EFT including Hold Me Tight, The Process of Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy and Attachment Theory in Practice. Experiencing the powerful transformations from EFT in my work with clients and in my personal relationships makes it one of my favorite techniques to work from.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): I have considerable experience and training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy including an 80- hour intensive training from Behavior Tech, the leading DBT training organization. I have read the key texts of DBT multiple times and I have trained over a dozen therapists in DBT myself.
My first therapy certification was in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. This model involved teaching parenting skills and strategies to parents and then coaching them to implement the strategies from behind a one-way mirror. While I no longer practice this method, the idea of strengthening the bond between the parent and the child, rather than with the therapist still informs my work. The success and transformation I saw in the children when they improved their relationships with their parents is also informative in terms of what works for people and how much we depend upon our primary relationships.