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Get to Know
Dr. Hans

Get to know my research and writing on how gender, masculinity, and religion impact health and well-being. I have published journal articles and essays as well as a book with academic publishers.

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.

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My Qualifications

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

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

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