Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker CA #71010
My goal here is to share with you a bit about myself and my experiences in order to give you some guidance as you search for your therapist. This isn't meant to brag or boast - but simply to honor your thorough search for a therapist by offering you some additional information about who I am. Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have.
My professional experience began in Bakersfield, CA (my hometown) as a clinician for Child Protective Services in 2008 where I provided in-home counseling services for a wide range of issues. I moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and became a clinical member of a multidisciplinary team at a Los Angeles Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Center treating adults and teens seeking a wide range of help with depression, trauma, and substance abuse. I provided individual, family, and couple's therapy using evidence-based techniques. I also served as a Primary Psychotherapist at a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Malibu, CA providing individual therapy to adults seeking help for trauma, anxiety, depression, and addictions.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and later earned my Certification as a Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). I am also trained in EMDR to supplement the treatment of Trauma, Addictions, and Performance Anxiety. As a gay man, I deeply understand the nuances and culture of the LGBTQ community and have devoted a large portion of my experience supporting other LGBTQ persons.
Personally, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our 7 year old son seeing movies or going to the park. I enjoy physical activity as means to manage stress and enjoyment, including cycling, running, or yoga. On a typical Friday night you will likely catch me at the movies or exploring some new activity around town with our son.
I practice therapy because therapy saved my own life and sent me on a new life path. I want for my clients to have a safe, nonjudgmental, and confidential space to process and understand their experiences; Therapy is a unique relationship where you can safely grow and learn about yourself and your relationships. Providing skills to help manage difficult relationships, confusions, stress, or depression is invaluable.The most important goal for me as I practice therapy is to listen deeply, guide, and support my client's unconditionally - I want for each one of my clients to know that they will never have to go about their challenges alone.