Hello. Since you're visiting this website, it may be that you are thinking of starting therapy, and that you want to find a Christian counselor. There is a lot of information about therapy, marriage counseling and all sorts of practical issues in our "What is Therapy?" section, so here let me tell you a little bit about me and how I work with clients.
If you're wondering about my background, I have a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. I've been married over 30 years, and have raised two "twenty-something" sons. I am a practicing Christian and Catholic, a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church here in Simi, and am honored that many of my referrals come from local pastors of several denominations, throughout Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas.
I strongly believe that faith is important in all aspects of life. I also believe that, when you are looking for someone to help with the problems of life, you want to know that person shares your values and respects your faith. I think that different pastors refer people to me because they know that my faith matters greatly to me, and that I respect the faith of my clients.
I've been in practice for over 20 years, and really enjoy my work with clients. It's an honor to join people on their personal journey, and to be a part of the important changes they make during that time. The best summary of my work is this: I help people have better relationships -- with their families, with their spouse, and with themselves.
I work primarily with individual adults and teens, and with couples. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, a sense of feeling stuck, or just want to change some unproductive patterns in your life and your relationships, chances are we will work well together. At our first session, we will talk about what is happening in your life, to determine what your strengths are, what is not working, and what you want to be different.
My style of working varies depending on what you want and need. For example, I help couples and families improve their relationships by helping them learn to express and understand the "buttons" that get pushed when we are dealing with our loved ones. My commitment to marriages is very strong, and my experience is that any couple who willing to come to marriage or relationship counseling has a strong likelihood of success.
If you are coming to therapy on your own, you may be wanting to change current patterns that don't work, or perhaps to heal pain from the past. There are many "styles" of therapy available to help people. For example, I have completed specialized training in EMDR and hypnosis. If you have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse, you may want to read more about EMDR, a highly effective technique for trauma from childhood and also from upsetting experiences like car accidents and robberies. Hypnotherapy can be very helpful for stress management, changing behavior habits, and coping with chronic medical problems. These are just two possibilities of methods we can use to work together to achieve the changes that you want. I am very experienced, and have many tools and methods of counseling available, to match nearly everyone's personal needs. If you've been to therapy before, I'll be asking you what worked for you and what didn't. In this way we will ensure that you accomplish what you want to from our time together
I offer appointments Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. My fee is $150 per 50 minute hour. I do have a few slots available at a slightly lower rate when there is financial need, so please feel free to ask. I am not on any insurance panels, but if you like, I am able to bill your PPO insurance on an out-of-network basis, to help you get reimbursed. Please feel free to ask me about any of these logistical issues, to see what we can work out.
When you are ready, please feel free to contact me by phone at 805-583-3976 x 33, and we can discuss your situation more personally. If you like, please take a look at some of my brochures. You can also view a list of my professional organization memberships. If you prefer, you may contact me via email. *
I hope this information is helpful. Please call our office if you have more questions.
* I am happy to provide information. If you choose to do so via email by contacting me in that manner, you are recognizing that email is not a secure form of communication. There is always some risk that any individually identifiable health information and other sensitive or confidential information that may be contained in such email may be misdirected, disclosed to or intercepted by unauthorized third parties, such as other family members (who may access your email) or employers (if you use your employer email address). I will use the minimum necessary amount of protected health information to respond to your request for information, and I ask that you do not put highly sensitive information into an email. Please contact me by phone at 805-583-3976 x 33 if you decide against corresponding via email.