My Story...

After a successful career as a professional hang gliding instructor and competition pilot in my youth, I made the long but rewarding transition to a career as a psychologist. Many people ask me, what inspired you to transition between two completely unrelated fields? Actually, I find them surprisingly similar in many ways . . .
As a hang gliding instructor, my primary role was to encourage people to overcome their fear and take a leap of faith from the secure ground into the unknown. Now, I find that my primary role is still encouraging people to take a leap of faith into the unknown, but the difference is that, in psychotherapy, the “ground” is the security of our old habit patterns, and “overcoming our fear” is the courage it takes to leap into the possibility of a whole new way of being in the world, with all the unknowns and even risks that this entails. It seems that in order to live more fully and explore the bounds of our freedom, we have to let go of many of our secure but limiting habits and belief systems.
As a hang gliding instructor, my primary role was to encourage people to overcome their fear and take a leap of faith from the secure ground into the unknown. Now, I find that my primary role is still encouraging people to take a leap of faith into the unknown, but the difference is that, in psychotherapy, the “ground” is the security of our old habit patterns, and “overcoming our fear” is the courage it takes to leap into the possibility of a whole new way of being in the world, with all the unknowns and even risks that this entails. It seems that in order to live more fully and explore the bounds of our freedom, we have to let go of many of our secure but limiting habits and belief systems.
I began this transition over 20 years ago, when I took my own leap of faith with the aid of intensive mindfulness meditation and other contemplative practices and embarked upon my own personal journey of self discovery.
I combined this with intensive academic studying and conducting a series of pioneering research studies as I worked through my B.A. degree, my Masters degree, and finally my Ph.D. degree, all of them in psychology with an emphasis on somatic, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal perspectives. I translated my doctoral research on the recovery from psychosis and extreme states into the widely acclaimed book, Rethinking Madness.
I began this transition over 20 years ago, when I took my own leap of faith with the aid of intensive mindfulness meditation and other contemplative practices and embarked upon my own personal journey of self discovery.
I combined this with intensive academic studying and conducting a series of pioneering research studies as I worked through my B.A. degree, my Masters degree, and finally my Ph.D. degree, all of them in psychology with an emphasis on somatic, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal perspectives. I translated my doctoral research on the recovery from psychosis and extreme states into the widely acclaimed book, Rethinking Madness.
I combined this with intensive academic studying and conducting a series of pioneering research studies as I worked through my B.A. degree, my Masters degree, and finally my Ph.D. degree, all of them in psychology with an emphasis on somatic, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal perspectives. I translated my doctoral research on the recovery from psychosis and extreme states into the widely acclaimed book, Rethinking Madness.
During my career, I have been very active in my clinical psychology and psychotherapy/counselling training, working at a residential facility for those challenged by psychosis and other extreme states of consciousness; at a major medical hospital providing support for people challenged by serious physical and mental ailments, many of whom were preparing for the great unknown of death; in a community mental health clinic supporting individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of issues; at a treatment center for those challenged with substance dependence; and here in this private practice setting where I’ve continued providing therapy for a wide range of challenges, with a particular focus on the recovery from various forms of trauma and its consequences.
I’ve assisted and led numerous workshops and trainings over the past 15+ years, with particular emphasis on therapy modalities that incorporate mindfulness and somatic (mind/body) approaches to various forms of acute and developmental trauma, and to psychological healing and wellness more generally.
In 2012, In became licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in California. In 2013, I shifted to New Zealand, where I also registered as a Clinical Psychologist and continued to provide various services within the health professions there for about 10 years. In 2023, I returned to the U.S., where I continue to work as a Clinical Psychologist in this private practice setting.
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Professional Memberships:
California Board of Psychology (Licensed Clinical Psychologist, #25338)
The Hakomi Institute (Certified Hakomi Therapist and Certified Hakomi Teacher)

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