I grew up in London, England. I was a product of the then socialist government which paid for me to attend an exclusive private school founded in 1509. This prepared me for attending Oxford University, for which, until recently, all students were aided by government grants. Unexpectedly, I achieved First Class honors, which put me on track to become an academic (both parents were teachers), with graduate enrollment in Philosophy at both Harvard and Oxford Universities. My reaction against a life in the head led me elsewhere, into healing and bodywork (certified in massage and shiatsu in 1982). By that time I had become a permanent resident in the USA.
In 1984, I received my MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in hypnotherapy and Gestalt, and obtained my MFT license in 1987 (MFT 23507). I became deeply committed to developing my skills and now have over two thousand hours of advanced training. I trained for six years in TA/gestalt therapy and hypnotherapy with John Gladfelter, PhD, ABPP, and five years in Core Energetics with John Pierrakos, MD, and Siegmar Gerken, PhD. More recently, I became certified in Orgonomic therapy, which included training in character analysis, Mastersonian object relations theory, and classical Reichian somatic therapy.
Although the concepts in character analytic orgone therapy are simple (orgone was Reich's name for the energizing force), therapeutic expertise takes some considerable labor, both in personal therapy (from Richard Blasband, MD) and in supervision of cases. I obtained weekly consultation from Patricia Frisch, PhD for eight years, and have recently begun regular consultations with the former director of of the Institute for Orgonomic Science, Hugh Brenner, PFNP, CRNP. I had the privilege of going to Philadelphia four times for personal therapy with the last physican Reich trained, Morton Herskowitz, DO, who retired in 2017 aged 99.
I have also taken Pelvic-Heart Release and completed Levels I and II of Bodymind Integration (a method recognized by the European Association of Body Psychotherapy) with the founder Jack Painter, PhD. In addition, I have taken numerous shorter courses in a wide variety of therapeutic technique including extensive training in Ericksonian hypnosis and therapy, as well as trainings with Salvador Minuchin, Virginia Satir, and Carl Whitaker, some of the founders of family therapy.
Before entering private practice, there were several areas in which I felt I needed to gain expertise. I worked in a therapeutic community for patients suffering from schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. In this setting, I helped set up the family therapy program and offered in-house training on developmental issues. In the early 90's, I served as director of Humboldt County Alcohol and Other Drug Programs, where I provided clinical and program supervision, direct services to dually diagnosed patients, and facilitated the certification of programs for Medi-Cal. One of my fondest memories was the collaborative establishment, clinical supervision, and Medi-Cal certification of the Healthy Moms program, still in existence today. I also worked as staff psychotherapist for a medical clinic.
In line with a reverence for the deeper vibrations of life, I was introduced to Dicky Movescamp in the early 90's, and was allowed to pilgrimage to Pine Ridge annually for the purposes of a hanblecya, a crying-for-a-vision over four nights with no food or water.
Since 1994, I have been in private practice where I specialize in a form of psychotherapy that recognizes the unity of character and somatic (especially brain) processes, and the primacy of the therapeutic relationship. In this modality, special emphasis is placed on the working through of primitive defenses, the encouragement of activation, and the tolerance for affect, both positive and negative. In 1995, I remodeled a large space in Eureka, CA, to provide a state-of-the-art environment for healing and somatic psychotherapy.
My teaching experience includes courses at Antioch University West and College of the Redwoods, and guest lecturer at the University of Laverne and Humboldt State University. I have been assistant
trainer in Core Energetics in the U.S., Mexico, and England. My interest in music, sound, and healing led to a presentation on resonance in psychotherapy delivered at a Core Energetics conference in Switzerland. In addition to my practice, I provide consultation and coaching to mental health professionals.
I feel blessed to be part of a deeply fulfilling profession. This is reflected in my feelings as a dedicated family man with three children, ages nine, fourteen, and sixteen. We live on a micro-homestead near the ocean between Eureka and Arcata, California, complete with several chickens and ducks, one cat and a rabbit. As a counterbalance to all these responsibilities, I derive immense satisfaction from playing the piano, jogging in the coastal forest and dunes, and constant curiosity for all that is around me.
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