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Get to know me

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, emphasizing psycho-social health and masculinity across cultures. Based on my doctoral research, I published an innovative book on men's health in the Routledge Series in Health and Medical Anthropology.


Disappointing 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.

 

My Qualifications

Credentials You Can Count On

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #10646

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

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Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology

Freie University of Berlin (2015)

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Master of Science in Counseling

San Diego State University (2014)

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Master of Arts in Education and Anthropology

Freie University of Berlin (2005)

 

Affiliations

Organizations that hold up the highest standards of ethics and care

Black and White Star in Circle

(2021 - present)

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Black and White Star in Circle

(2019 - present)

International Association of Trauma Professionals

Black and White Star in Circle

(2014 - present)

Sweetwater Zen Center/Zen Peacemakers International

Black and White Star in Circle

(2012 - present)

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Black and White Star in Circle

(2008 - present)

American Association of Anthropology/Society for Medical Anthropology