I began my career in sales and sales management with a division of a Fortune 500 company in the aerospace and defense industry. After winning individual and sales management awards (highest performance in sales, branch of the year), I went on to co-found Two Roads Professional Resources Inc., a full-service engineering and information technology staffing company, helping to grow the business to eight figures in sales and over 200 employees, I successfully exited the business in January 2010. During this successful run, I was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist and was twice recognized for Excellence in Entrepreneurship by the Orange County Business Journal.
After my corporate and entrepreneurial success, I decided to follow my own dream of becoming a therapist. My formal education includes a Ph.D. from Loma Linda University in Marriage & Family Therapy where my concentration was in organizational development and systems consulting. I also received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.
This approach is primarily collaborative and resource-based in response to a wide range of concerns including addiction, anxiety, depression, life transitions, spiritual issues, and relational health. I am multicultural and LGBTQ affirming. I’m also an experienced meditation teacher who combines contemporary collaborative therapy with the rich practice of Zen Buddhism.
I also have experience as a social entrepreneur founding the California Family Institute in 2014. The California Family Institute is a nonprofit organization that was established as a community counseling center providing desperately needed no-cost and low-cost counseling services for the community. The institute also serves as a research and training site for mental health professionals.
I currently serve as a California state board member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Additionally, I have served on several nonprofit boards supporting both the arts and issues of social justice and have presented across the country on the topics of narrative therapy, conflict resolution, conflict coaching, and entrepreneurship. I am also an adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University where I teach career development theory and career counseling and teach graduate counseling skills at Loma Linda University and CSU San Bernardino. My research and writing have been published in academic journals including the prestigious family therapy journals, Family Process and the Journal of Family Theory and Review.
My license number is #53081.
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