Welcome! I have been working with individuals, couples, children, and families to quickly and effectively resolve problems for over 20 years. As a professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Northridge, I carefully track emerging research in the field and have studied a wide range of therapeutic approaches, including solution-oriented, narrative, family systems, mindfulness, emotionally focused therapy (www.iceeft.com), cognitive-behavioral, and trauma-focused therapies. My primary approach is a collaborative and strength-based, which involves carefully listening to clients to identify the best way to address their unique situation in manner that is comfortable and effective for them. Most clients say I have a refreshingly warm and down-to-earth presence that makes them feel comfortable and at ease discussing even the most difficult issues.
I have authored several books, including Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, Acceptance in Couple, Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference (co-editor), and Family Therapy, and Theory and Treatment Planning in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Additionally, I have written numerous professional articles and speak internationally, having given hundreds of workshops to professionals and general audiences. My work has been featured in newspapers, radio shows, and television worldwide. I am on the editorial review boards for several academic journals as well as community service boards related to child sexual abuse. I am an active leader in the field and have served on numerous state and national boards in the field of family therapy. I am an Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Counseling Association.