My training and background I’ve been in this work for 17 years, about 11 of those years in private practice.  My supervision period and first 6 years of practicing was a the Samaritan Counseling Center in Albuquerque.  Prior to training to be a licensed therapist, I was a minister in Portland, OR for 13 years.  I have a seminary degree, M.Div., and Masters Degree in Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe.  I have a New Mexico LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), and I have always been active in continuing education, most of which has been focused on couple work training.  I am trained in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) modality of Richard Schwartz.  I am also trained in the Relational Life Therapy (RLT) of Terry Real.  I am certified as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Therapists (IITAP).  These are the 3 sources of training I use on a regular basis.  I am also trained in EMDR, and have taken advanced training from John Gottman and trainings in couples work with Berry McCarthy and Pat Love.  I highly value the contribution of each of these sources enabling me to serve couples in an effective way.  I admit to having a strong bias about therapists doing couple work without training in couple work.  Couples therapy is a very different process than individual work, and requires different skills and understandings about the therapy work itself.

 

 

My training and background

     I’ve been in this work for 17 years, about 11 of those years in private practice. My supervision period and first 6 years of practicing was a the Samaritan Counseling Center in Albuquerque. Prior to training to be a licensed therapist, I was a minister in Portland, OR for 13 years. I have a seminary degree, M.Div., and Masters Degree in Counseling from Sorthwestern College in Santa Fe. I have a New Mexico LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor), and I have always been active in continuing education, most of which has been focused on couple work training. I am trained in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) modality of Richard Schwartz. I am also trained in the Relational Life Therapy (RLT) of Terry Real. I am certified as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Therapists (IITAP). These are the 3 sources of training I use on a regular basis. I am also trained in EMDR, and have taken advanced training from John Gottman and trainings in couple/sex work with Berry McCarthy. Pat Love and her work has been a significant resource in my formation.  I highly value the contribution of each of these sources enabling me to serve couples in an effective way. I admit to having a strong bias about therapists doing couple work without training in couple work. Couples therapy is a very different process than individual work, and requires different skills and understandings about the therapy work itself.  I am also excited about beginning some additional training in Stan Tatkins model, PACT.