nuts and bolts
I hold a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Psychotherapist, and I am a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT).
As a therapist, I worked for several years at Bay Area Addiction Research and Treatment (BAART), an addiction treatment and research facility in south Los Angeles. Later, I worked in private practice in Beverly Hills, and currently I am in private practice in Asheville, NC.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked as a professional actor since I was 16. I am a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City where I studied acting under Sanford Meisner. I have worked on and off Broadway and have appeared in numerous television shows and commercials. In Los Angeles, I taught acting privately and at UCLA Extension for close to 20 years.
In addition to acting and psychology, I trained for 4 years in Zen Buddhism under Peter Matthiessen. Since then, I have studied Vipassana meditation with various teachers and have attended numerous silent retreats of various duration over these many years.
My wife and I moved to beautiful western North Carolina in 2014.
blood and bones
The video to the right (or below) is a talk I gave on compassion at Creative Mornings, Asheville, hosted by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. If you are unfamiliar, Creative Mornings is an international lecture series. (Think TED Talk for the creative sector.)
In preparation for the talk, I felt that there was already so much in the popular culture about the psychological benefits of compassion and mindfulness meditation that, rather than talk theoretically about my work as a clinician and meditation teacher, it might be more beneficial (and fun) if I simply spoke from the heart and told a personal story about my own experience with compassion.
I hope you enjoy it.