Psychotherapist for high-functioning individuals, couples and families.
Author of newspaper columns and books.
Psychotherapist in Private Practice
Born in northwestern Ohio (the oldest of four children), I grew up in a small farm town. I was named after my great-grandfather Michael, who reportedly had the first Ford dealership in the State of Ohio (he ran it out of his hardware store). Eventually, I escaped the farm and made it to the big city of Cincinnati, where I earned a B.A. in Personnel and Group Development.
After graduation, I moved to London where I worked at a punk clothing store in Covent Garden and at a variety of other (illegal) jobs: yes, I was an illegal alien. During much of my 20's, I lived in Egypt, Denmark, Greece and (the former) Yugoslavia and hitchhiked all over Europe. After returning to the USA, I earned a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology while interning for "Sesame Street" in New York City.
In San Francisco, I was the Clinical Director for the Homeless Children's Network, a counselor for Aptos and Potrero Hill Middle Schools and Clinical Consultant for COLLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) while earning my second Master's Degree. In San Diego, I've worked as a licensed psychotherapist for Kaiser Permanente (Point Loma Psychiatry), Psychiatric Centers at San Diego and San Diego Hospice. I opened my private practice in 2002.
If you and your partner have drifted apart, are taking each other for granted, or are having the same arguments over-and-over again, relationship therapy can make the difference between giving up and working through your obstacles.
In our work together, I can help you and your partner to deepen your relationship and create a new level of satisfaction and fulfillment.
The intake process for couples work involves a one-hour intake session for each member of the couple. This greatly expedites the effectiveness of the therapy process when all three of us begin the work together.
As a San Diego-based, California-licensed psychotherapist, I assist my clients in achieving their goals and becoming the men and women they want to be.
I love my work and am committed to my clients' personal growth. I work well with motivated, higher functioning individuals and couples. I specialize in:
Individual (one-to-one) Therapy
Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks
Depression, Grief and Loss
Healthy Sexuality and Intimacy
Recovery from Physical, Verbal and Sexual Abuse
Self-Esteem, Body Image and Social Skills
Sexual Orientation, Coming Out and GLBTQ Issues
Working with Difficult Emotions (e.g., Anger, Fear and Jealousy)
Qualifications & Certifications