I began my lifelong immersion in the study of psychology over 45 years ago.
That was during the 70’s revolution in psychotherapy, when it seemed we needed to try everything we could think of to get to our own human potential. We made a lot of discoveries, and a lot of mistakes, and learned a lot about how to make therapy immensely powerful, and even transformational – but we’ve learned since the importance of being attuned to the ways each person needs to feel welcomed as they are, and go at their own pace, using approaches that fit them.
The heart of my work is Jungian depth psychology, but I find every area of this field fascinating and helpful to my work as a therapist, including relational psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, gestalt, solution-focused, EMDR and Internal Family Systems approaches, among others. I draw from all of them, depending upon the needs of the client at any particular point in the process.
I interned at the Jung Institute of San Francisco, and obtained my doctorate at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, where I then joined the faculty to teach courses on a number of different topics in psychotherapy theory, group dynamics and psychological research methods, and supervise the the clinical work and research of doctoral candidates. I was the founder and Executive Director of The Bridge Therapy Center, a progressive therapy and training institution which had offices throughout the Bay Area, before leaving to focus on private practice. I am a candidate member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.
Most importantly, I’ve had over 20 years of my own psychoanalysis, often 3-4 times per week, and therapy of my own from just about any orientation known to psychology. My post-graduate studies continue at The College of Hard Knocks, where I’ve worked over the years as a theater actor and director, journalist, high school teacher, highway flagman, short-order cook, nurse’s aide, house painter and cab driver. I live in the bucolic theater town of Ashland, Oregon on the edge of a forest, with writer Lesley Quinn, my wife of 40 years.