I'm a psychotherapist in private practice, an approved clinical supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and an Assistant Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I'm also a husband and father who grapples with very similar challenges as many of my clients.
My journey started in the late 1990s when I learned about contemplative practices and mindfulness meditation for the first time. Over the years, meditation helped me find more balance in my life and sparked my interest in learning more about the human condition.
I studied Comparative Studies of Religion, Education, as well as Medical and Psychological Anthropology. Eventually, I received my PhD. in Anthropology with a focus on psycho-social health and masculinities. When the Routledge Series in Health and Medical Anthropology invited me to publish my study, I was thrilled. I kept the promise of publishing my research participant's stories that I gathered over the period of almost ten years.
Disillusioned with the ivory tower of academia, I decided to serve people in need directly. Accordingly, I obtained a Master's degree in counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. I chose this route because I firmly believe that meaningful relationships are the key to mental health.
In 2012, I started offering relational psychotherapy services collaborating with various community-based mental health agencies in the San Diego area. In 2019, I opened the doors to my private practice to help men and couples overcome relationship problems, marital conflicts, trauma, and out-of-control sexual behavior.
More than 15 years of experience in social science research and education motivated me to empower men to create healthy relationships with themselves and others. Moreover, I'm thrilled to have the privilege to share my experience and teach the next generation of systemic therapists.
Credentials You Can Count On
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #10646
California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology
Freie University of Berlin (2015)
Master of Science in Counseling
San Diego State University (2014)
Master of Arts in Education and Anthropology
Freie University of Berlin (2005)
Organizations that hold up the highest standards of ethics and care
(2021 - present)
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
(2019 - present)
International Association of Trauma Professionals
(2014 - present)
Sweetwater Zen Center/Zen Peacemakers International
(2012 - present)
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
(2008 - present)