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Curriculum Vitae (abridged)

3130 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550
Santa Monica, CA 90403




1524 18th Street #3
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Current Professional Activity

Private Practice.  Psychoanalytic individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy, psychological testing. Areas of specialty: Addictions, adolescents, depression, anger management, borderline personality disorder, and P.T.S.D. (1991 - present).

Family Group Co-Leader.  Liberty House; Clinical Director.  The Discovery Program. Clinical supervision and facilitation of multifamily group therapy in a Detox/Residential/Sober Living setting. The group consists of male and female residents and their significant others. Treatment in group consists of working on issues of early recovery utilizing 12-step and family systems concepts (1999 - 2006).


Therapist/Case Manager.  Mission Community Hospital Partial Program. Individual and group psychotherapy with a population of chronically mentally ill. Medication management for psychosis, treatment of coexisting substance abuse and psychiatric disorders and conservatorship (2002 - 2007).

Supervising, training and writing about addiction and psychotherapy.

Lecturer and workshop leader, colleges, universities, clinics, hospitals, professional schools, professional societies, and treatment facilities.


Previous Professional Positions

Therapist.  Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital Recovery Center. Acute care, inpatient detoxification and short-term rehabilitation chemical dependency program.  Groups, lectures, individual and family therapy (2000).

Clinician. Erikson Center. Provide individual, family, and group therapy for SED adolescents. A 54-bed facility for males and females in a residential school setting for youths with major psychiatric disorders (1999 - 2000).

Therapist. Star View Adolescent Center. Individual, group and family therapy at a 56-bed Level-14 group home for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents. Conducted chemical dependency groups on locked P.H.F. unit (1998).

Family Therapist. Phoenix Academy of Los Angeles. Individual and family therapy with a caseload of twenty. This population consisted of mostly probation department adolescents. Many Spanish speaking families (1996).

Therapist and Program Developer. Recovery Solutions. Helped design, write and implement an outpatient program for the treatment of chemical dependency. Performed all administrative and clinical responsibilities (1994-1996).

Clinical Director. Promises Residential Treatment Center. Created and maintained a daily recovery program and supervised a clinical staff. Individual, group and family psychotherapy (1989-1991).

Therapist. Exodus Recovery Center. Detox, acute care, and outpatient chemical dependency recovery. Conducted intake interviews, lead therapy groups, and managed Aftercare program (1989).

Internship. Beverlywood Mental Health Center. Individual and group psychotherapy with chronically mentally ill. Family systems, and Jungian approach. Medication maintenance and monitoring of stressors (1987-1988).

Research Assistant. Behavior and Alcohol Laboratory, UCLA-Department of Psychology. Follow-up testing and interviewing of adolescent substance abusers. Moos Family Environment Scale, investigation of abuse, substance use, and relapse factors (1986-1988).



Psychoanalytic Candidate. Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (1994 - 1999). Coursework, supervision, and personal analysis in classical, object relations, self psychology, and Kleinian psychoanalytic theory and technique.

Ph.D., Clinical psychology, Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology (1991). Dissertation: Diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse patients with antisocial personality disorder. Areas of specialization: Psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychological testing, family systems therapy.

M.A., (Summa Cum Laude), Counseling psychology (M.F.C.C.), California State University, Northridge (1988). Existential/Humanistic, Structural Family Systems.

B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1977). Majors: Psychology and Sociology. President of Psy Chi club on campus.



Contemplative Relational Psychotherapy.  The Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy.  A clinical approach combining principles of psychodynamic theory and technique, the wisdom of Buddhist psychology, and the practice of mindfulness meditation (2006 -present)

Personal psychoanalysis, personal individual and group psychotherapy, long-term experiential and support group.

Individual and group supervision in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.



Contemplative Relational Psychotherapy.  The Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy  (2007 - 2008).

Contemplative Relational Psychotherapy.  The Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy  (2006 - 2007).

Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference (5th). Sponsored by the Milton Erickson Foundation. Anaheim, CA. (2005).

The Sacred Art of Healing - Spirituality and Mindfulness with Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., Huston Smith, Ph.D., Daniel Siegel, M..D., Roger Walsh, M.D. (2005).

Speaking Peace in a World of Conflict with Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. (2005).

Current Issues in Borderline Personality Disorder. UCLA Family Perspectives Conference (2004).

Treating Comorbid Depression & Anxiety Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Center for Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Thomas Marra, Ph.D. (2004).

Presenter on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Aviva Family and Children's Services 20th Annual Conference  (2004).

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Clinical Tools for Difficult Patients.  Professional Psych Seminars. (2004).

Clinical Supervision: Beyond the Basics.  Professional Psych Seminars. (2004).

Domestic Violence: Advanced Issues for Mental Health Professionals. CAMFT (2003).

Shattered Worlds/Psychotic States. Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (2001).

The Psychoanalysis of Children. Los Angeles Institute & Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (2001).

Chemical Dependency Course. Scripps Memorial Hospitals (2001).

HIV/AIDS Course. Scripps Memorial Hospitals (2001).

Psychoanalysis:  100 Years Since Freud.  Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (2000).

Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center (2000).

Master Clinician Series - James Grotstein, M.D.  Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (2000).

The Work of Sandor Ferenczi.  Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (2000).

Critical Issues of Adolescence. Aviva Family and Children’s Services. (2000).

Chemical Dependency Certification for Psychologists with Jerome Levin, Ph.D. Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (1996).

Attended International Psychoanalytic Association annual conference in San Francisco (1995).

Changing Perspectives on Methodology and Technique with Jacob A. Arlow, M.D. Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (1994).

A Day With Otto Kernberg, M.D. (1994).

Ongoing Advanced Rorschach Training group (1994).

Psychoanalysis Looks at Love. Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, Rudolf Ekstein, Ph.D. and Milton J. Horowitz, Ph.D. (1994).

Integrating Rorschach Test Data and Psychoanalytic Theory. Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (1994).

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Clinical Issues. Extension courses from Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (1994).

Managed Care for Mental Health Professionals. San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley chapters of CAMFT (1994).

Rorschach Assessment of Personality Disorders. California School of Professional Psychology (1994).

Professional Assault Response Training. Pacific Lodge Boys' Home (1993).

Alcohol and Drug Program Licensing and Certification. Presented by Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc. (1991).

Family Systems Training I & II. Sponsored by Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (1991).

Addressing Women's Issues. Sponsored by Behavioral Health Services, Inc. (1991).

Evolution of Psychotherapy. Sponsored by the Milton Erickson Foundation. Anaheim, CA. (1990).

Gestalt Therapy Institute. Ongoing training in group psychotherapy (1987-1988).

Poster presentation at W.P.A. Convention-Long Beach. Relapse in Chemically Dependent Adolescents (1987).

Family Therapy. James Framo (1986).

Substance Abuse Treatment Skills. Coldwater Canyon Hospital (1985).

Managing Assaultive behavior. Coldwater Canyon Hospital (1985).

Addiction Sciences (100 hours). United States Office of Education (1977).

Midwest Institute for Gestalt Therapy. Training in theory and process of Gestalt psychotherapy (1976-1977).


Previous Appointments

Consultant in Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Program, and Behavior and Alcohol Laboratory, UCLA-Department of Psychology.


Professional Association Offices and Related

Licensed Marriage and  Family Therapist. (1991).

Doctoral Addictions Counselor (B23252).  National Board of Addiction Examiners (2000).

Clinical member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and (CAMFT), previously with Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley chapters of CAMFT (1990 -1994).

Full Member of National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), (2001).



Frequent consultant to In Touch magazine (2004 - present).

Referenced in article on Adolescent Sex Offenders,  Hustler Magazine (March 1999).

Interviewed for Men's Fitness magazine (September 1995).