My Qualifications

My specialty is interpersonal communication, helping folks to talk to each other in a more direct and honest way. I have worked with couples, families and groups for the last 30 years. I have been teaching experiential classes in Family Dynamics, Couple Counseling and Group Dynamics at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco over the last 27 years, where I am a Professor and Core Faculty member. I have also taught these courses at John F. Kennedy University, the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and California State East Bay University.

My therapy style is informed by Gestalt therapy, Systems theory and my own personal therapy and psychospiritual practice over many years. I have had a private therapy practice in Berkeley since 1980 where I see couples, families and have facilitated groups for many years.

In regard to Group Therapy, I am an active member of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS) and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) where I have facilitated groups (Interpersonal Gestalt, Interpersonal Growth, and Group Process in the NOW) at both local and national conferences and Institutes for the last 25 years.. A few years back I wrote an article with two colleagues (Kahn, Cortright) at the California Institute for Integral Studies entitled Speaking from the Heart: Integral “T” Groups as a Tool for TrainingTranspersonal Psychotherapists.

Regarding, Family Therapy. I am a active in the Association for Family Therapy of Northern California (AFTNC), the American Family Therapy Association (AFTA), and the International Family Therapy Asssociation(IFTA). I have presented at national and international conferences in the Netherlands, Turkey and Vancouver, Canada, on my method as repesented in my book Core Focused Family Therapy: Moving From Chaos to Clarity which I wrote with Ross Cohen, LPC.(Idyll Arbor, 2008)

Regarding Couples Therapy, in 2001, along with colleague, Padma Catell, I wrote an article entitled Dual Dwelling Duos: An Alternative for Long-term Relationships which was published in 2001, in The Journal of Couples Therapy (Volume 10, Numbers 3/4) as well as being a chapter in Couple, Intimacy and Addictions, edited by Barbara Jo Brothers (Haworth Press,2001). The article is about couples in which each member chooses to retain their own separate domicile while still being in a long term committed relationship. The articles achieved national fame in the NY Times, SF Chronicle, CBS-TV and several radio stations.

In 2005, I wrote an article entitled “Closeness and Distance in Intimate Relationships” which concerns the differences two people in a couple might have in regard to their needs for closeness and distance, and how important a factor this is in relationship compatability.

I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1975 and have been licensed in the state of California since 1978. (lic. # PSY5553)

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