Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Psychiatric Technician, and Master’s level Addictions Counselor in Pasadena, California.
2007-Present April30th.org Pasadena, Ca.
Therapist in Private Practice
Providing outpatient counseling and therapy services for adults and adolescents, individuals, couples, families. Services for depression, addiction (all types including alcohol, drugs, codependency issues, sex, eating issues, gaming etc), grief/loss, abuse, abandonment, trauma, stress, mental illness, dual diagnosis. Issues of personal growth, relationships. Longtime 12-step community experience. Consulting, training, teaching seminar and in-service style for facilities, educational institutions, and organizations. These have included: diagnoses and treatment modalities, philosophy of treatment, program creation and development, the creation of resource materials, in-services/trainings/seminars for staff and clients regarding the above treatment services, documentation, crisis intervention, self-defense, and more. Clinical supervision for trainees and interns working on their hours for licensure.
1999 – 2010 Star View Adolescent Center Torrance, Ca.
Program Director/Quality Improvement Director/Assistant Administrator
Management of 60 direct-care staff members, PM Group Home Manager, and Asst. Prog. Dir. Program creation and implementation. Staff training, in-services (including the creation of curriculums), and orientation. Crisis intervention. Treatment planning. Med support. Management of social services/rehab/and locked unit staff via matrix model. Ensuring compliance with CCL/DMH regulations. Quality improvement activities focused on adherence to regulatory requirements, improvement of delivery of clinical care.
1994 – 1999 Spencer Recovery Centers Monrovia, Ca.
Addictions/Dual Diagnosis Counselor
Individual and group counseling and education. Family counseling and intervention. Treatment and discharge planning. Community education. One-on-one counseling. Staff supervision. Assessment and referral. Crisis intervention. Creation/implementation of program materials.
1992 – 1998 College Hospital Cerritos, Ca.
Program Director, Dual Diagnosis Counselor
Individual and group counseling, education, and medication management groups. Biopsychosocial evaluations, treatment plan creation and implementation, crisis intervention. Social service referral, addiction – related services, one- on-one counseling, program creation and implementation.
1992 – 1994 Breakaway Health Corp. Newport Beach, Ca.
Adult Program Director/Counselor
Group and individual counseling, families and individuals. Program creation and implementation. Biopsychosocial evaluations. Staff supervision. Treatment planning.
Professional Memberships, Licensures, and Certifications
- Current LMFT licensure (Board of Behavioral Sciences, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).
- Current Psychiatric Technician licensure (Ca. Board of LVN and PT examiners).
- Certified Masters level Addictions Counseling (National Assn. Of Addiction and Forensics Counselors).
- Previous certified group home administrator (Community Care Licensing).
- Previous LPS certification.
- Previous ProACT and CPR.
Areas of Expertise
My primary experience has been with adults and adolescents, focusing on issues of:
- Personal growth
- Clinical supervision
- Self esteem, self worth, shame issues
- Mental illness
- Medication support
- Consultation for individuals, families, professionals, and facilities
From 2000-2016, I was the live and in-studio engineer and producer for my favorite “working” band. Martial arts have been a responsibility most all of my life, ultimately leading to “non-sport combatives” . . . essentially what looks like MMA, but with and without weapons. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kali, western boxing and more, all run through the “filter” of JKD. Lots of time has been invested in computers/technology and sciences, primarily psychopharmacology, neurology, physics/quantum cosmology, and biotechnology. I am also deeply interested in philosophy/worldviews, particularly around issues of epistemology and critical thinking.