About Me and My Practice

As a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 1991, I have had the privilege to come alongside my clients in their life challenges and help them grow, heal and move forward in healthier ways. In becoming who we are today, we all have faced difficulties and obstacles because life is hard! Many of us discover in time that we have carried wounds from our past that have caused us to develop unhealthy ways of coping with our pain. These can show up in symptoms like depression, anger, anxiety disorders, addictions, and other compulsive behaviors. The good news is that we can learn to reduce and overcome these symptoms through proven successful approaches based in the latest advances in neuroscience and human development (attachment theory).

I enjoy working with both individuals and couples, and love focusing on relationships (from dating through empty nesters and beyond). For couples with marital issues and those thinking about getting married, I am a certified instructor for PREPARE/ENRICH, which is a program used for premarital counseling, marriage counseling and marriage enrichment. The program includes a comprehensive online couple assessment along with feedback using skills-building exercises. I am also trained in the evidence-based Gottman method for marital counseling and improving relationship and communication skills which has been very successful for thousands of couples.

My areas of specialty are trauma recovery and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), including events involving death, assault, deployment, and accidents. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and have completed training approved by the EMDR International Association. EMDR is a very effective method for healing traumas of any kind and is also used with correcting negative beliefs (lies) about ourselves that have hindered us from living fulfilled lives. It is wonderful to see concrete results and relief for many of my clients almost immediately. For more information, I encourage you to visit the EMDRIA website at and

My counseling style is real, interactive, strong and grace-giving, sharing who I am with clients appropriately. I use an integrative approach, bringing both my clinical training and seminary training into my therapy, though anyone not seeking this approach will receive my utmost respect and sensitivity to their world view.

In addition to my practice, I serve as the Clinical Supervisor at Community Counseling Associates, Former Adjunct Faculty at Western Seminary, and on the Board of Directors for Mission of Grace Foundation.

Professional Experience

  • Licensed Psychotherapist in full time private practice since 1992
  • Supervisor of MFT interns & trainees since 1993
  • Adjunct Faculty, Western Seminary, 2009 – 2014
  • Seminar & Workshop Leader with special interest in Developmental and Recovery Issues, Visioning and Defining Your Mission, Practical Faith

Specialty Areas

  • Relationship Building, Couples Counseling
  • Recovery & Trauma Issues
  • Depressive & Anxiety Disorders
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Stress Reduction
  • Counseling from a Christian World View


  • Prepare & Enrich
  • EMDR
  • CRM
  • Gottman Method
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing


Mondays 9 p.m. – 1 p.m. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Insurance and Fees

My fee is $120 per 50-min session. I also take American Express, MasterCard and Visa for your convenience. I no longer take insurance and EAP programs. I am happy to work with your insurance company as an out-of-network provider where I can provide you a CMS 1500 claim form to submit for reimbursement.

In addition, when I utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) the session is 60-75 minutes. The fee for these sessions is $160.

Forms (PDF format)

Intake Form
Informed Consent
Prepare Couple Program Brochure
HIPAA Brochure


M.A. Theology, M.A., MFT, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
B.A. Psychology, California State University, Sacramento, CA

Professional Affiliations and Clinical Membership

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), 1991 – present
  • American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), 1995 – present
  • Cofounder, Community Counseling Services (formerly Covenant Counseling Services, 1992) and now known as Community Counseling Associates, a nonprofit organization.
  • Associate Member, Creekside Counseling Associates


Psychology Today Link


Contact Me

By Phone:     (916) 685-5258 ext. 11

By Email:

My Location:

Main Office, Creekside Counseling Associates
8841 Williamson Drive, Suite 40
Elk Grove, CA 95624



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