What drew me to this work
When I was young, I was fascinated by what motivates people to behave the way they do. I found my way to the work of psychotherapy to engage my curiosity more deeply in the service of helping the people I work with grow and develop more fully.
What differentiates me from other therapists
I became a psychotherapist after years of working in software. My experiences have formed me as a systematic and reflective thinker, and I approach the work of psychotherapy in an exploratory, conversational manner. My background tends to help me in relating to people employed in demanding technical fields who must balance the needs of work with long term personal relationships.
Education and experience
I hold a Masters Degree in Counseling from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. While I focus on working with men and couples, I also work a lot with women and have worked with teenagers and older adults. I specialize in and continue to train in psychodynamic psychotherapy and emotionally-focused couples therapy. The common ground in these areas is a focus on helping people have better relationships and think more deeply about who they are and how they were formed.
Before coming to the Bay Area, I lived in Australia, the Midwest. As a child, I grew up in the UK. I have traveled extensively around Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The people I work with have various racial, religious and cultural backgrounds. I welcome men, women and LGBTQ clients.