Education and Training
I earned my Bachelors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a double major in English Literature and Latin American Studies. This background informs my approach to psychology, as I am keenly interested in the stories we tell about ourselves and the role of culture, identity, and history in shaping our personal narratives.
I earned my Doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. The Wright Institute is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program emphasizes the integration of social issues with clinical psychology and applying current research, theory and best practices to clinical practice. My doctoral research investigated how relationships with parents changed when openly gay men became fathers.
I completed my postdoctoral training at the Psychological Services Center (PSC) in Oakland and completed my predoctoral internship at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. I also trained at the Ann Martin Center, the Integrated Health Psychology Training Program, and the Progress Foundation Napa Programs. After receiving my psychology license, I completed a three year intensive study program in psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy.
Before studying psychology, my prior career was in Information Technology (hardware and software implementation, network administration, software development, and project management).
I am a member of several professional organizations including the California Psychological Association (CPA), Division 39 of the American Psychological Association (APA), the San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa County Psychological Associations, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP), the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP), and the Psychoanalytic Couples Psychotherapy Group (PCPG).
I supervise doctoral psychology trainees and interns for California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and The Wright Institute, where I am Adjunct Clinical Faculty. Previously I supervised trainees for Access Institute for Psychological Services, the California School or Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS), and the Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County.