It was 1998 or ’99 and I recall I knew that I needed to do something different with my life, something true to who I was as a person. Call it a mid-life crisis. I had been a school teacher for eight years and a computer programmer since 1984 and I realized I did not wish to do this the rest of my life. In communicating with co-workers, I had come to discover that I had the gift to allow people to relax to the point where they were willing to share their most intimate details of their life. I realized that these people just wanted someone to listen to them with a non-judgmental ear. They wished to be heard and it was not happening at home.
With the children all grown up and capable of taking care of themselves, I had read about a path along the north of Spain called the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known as The Way. Though I had never backpacked, it was the life-changing journey I was looking for. Somehow, I managed to get the month off from work I needed to do this journey. It was like a power, greater than myself, had taken charge and gave permission to make this happen.
In the summer of 2002, with the support of my wife, the 500-mile journey started on the French side of the Pyrenees, through the Basque wine country, the wheat fields of central Spain and finally Compostela where a mass was held for all the pilgrims who made the journey. I met people from all corners of the globe and the best way to describe it was like “heaven on earth.” I spent many a mile walking alone contemplating how I was going to spend the rest of my life. It was not until I arrived home that I decided that being a therapist would be the greatest service I could provide.
My mission is to help individuals believe in themselves, couples to relate authentically to one another, and families to understand what it feels like to support one another.
California State University, Northridge BA, Psychology
Pacifica Graduate Institute, MA Counseling Psychology
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CAMFT, Marriage Friendly Therapists
Marriage Friendly Therapists