Welcome to my website. I am a psychologist with a private practice in Los Gatos, California. Please feel free to explore. I have posted information about groups and workshops I lead, books I recommend and internet links I have found to be especially useful. I also publish articles on my website for your information. Send me an email if you have any material you would like to see posted or if you have a question. Click here to use the link at right to schedule an appointment or initial phone consultation. I will call you within 24 hours after the appointment scheduling so that we can confirm and I am aware of concerns that we need to address.
The Affordable Healthcare Act is up and running in California! I have helpful brochure for clients and everyone interested to review. Remember, California is not at all affected by the difficulties of the Healthcare.gov website. We have our own free-standing site that is open for all!!
I enjoy working with people either as individuals, or in relationships, such as families and couples. I like to focus on men, kids and teens, for different reasons. Men are sometimes uncomfortable going to therapy and I try to do all I can from my own male perspective to make it a rewarding experience. As for kids and teens, we all know experiencing life at this turbulent time is difficult for all members of the family. Depression, divorce, trauma, school issues, legal problems, drugs, fighting, emotions, sexuality, inertia-being stuck, figuring out who you are and how to navigate life…these are just a few of the problems teens (and adults!) face. Helping you, your child or a teen resolve difficult issues can really make the difference in everyone's success and happiness. Please note the new Group for Young Men (Ages 18-24).
Over the years, I have found that people have different reasons for seeking my services. As you can imagine, working with a psychologist can cover many subjects and issues; so many, that I only use some as examples.
Often, an individual person or couple will want to work on one specific thing, such as marital arguments, divorce or perhaps family or teen issues such as anger, family arguing, violence, “cutting” (skin) or problems in school.
A word about trauma; Trauma can be many things and it can steal your happiness. Everything from a death or loss, or any of the problems discussed on this page can traumatize an individual. These are known as "big T" or "little t" traumas. That means that even a "minor" problem, such as feeling insecure about yourself can reverberate through how you view the world. This negative filter will shape your perceptions of happiness and confidence throughout your whole life. Imagine what a "bigger" event can do! EMDR is one of the approaches I use in dealing with this, but it may not be for all situations.
So why do we go to therapy? Sometimes, it will be an individual problem, such as depression or a feeling of general unhappiness in life. Maybe you’re making the same relationship mistakes over and over. Perhaps you find yourself feeling anxious or triggered. You might even call it being high strung or frequently wound up.
Other times, there are more specific problems that bring us together, such as perpetrating sexual abuse or being abused, domestic violence, legal problems or proceedings as well as addictions of all kinds; drugs, alcohol, internet, sex or porn. These issues are not uncommon.
Usually, people seek my services because they want to live a happier and more successful life, but most importantly, it’s as you define it. This can be accomplished in a number of settings including psychotherapy (individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy), forensic or psychological evaluation, EMDR, hypnosis or even a more contemporary approach, “coaching.” Whatever format you choose, I’m your partner and your advocate.