My Experience

I'm Passionate About Inspiring & Helping Others

I'm honored to have served those with substance abuse issues for over a decade. During that time I've had the pleasure of helping individuals, families, organizations, employees, and employers by providing addiction services in a multitude of settings

As a graduate of Bethany University's Addiction Counseling program, I have earned seven-state, and one national addiction credential, throughout my career. I have over 20,000 hours of counseling experience. I have founded treatment programs, directed rehabilitation services at one of California's largest men's programs, provided consulting services to residential and outpatient programs. I also train other professionals in the field of addiction private practice. I'm confident that if you are willing to have a conversation about making changes in your life that we can create a plan to address your substance abuse issues and create lasting positive change.

I am also the author of Addiction Private Practice: The Definitive Guide for Addiction Counselors and Therapists. A complete manual for mental health professionals on how to launch an addiction-focused private practice. I have two additional non-fiction books in production for publication in 2020 and 2021.

Certifications Achieved


  • CADC II - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II - CCAPP

  • CADC I - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I - MHACBO

  • NCAC I - National Certified Addiction Counselor I - NCCAPP

  • SAP - Substance Abuse Professional - SAPAA

Former (Expired)

Professional Affiliations
  • Member CCAPP - California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

  • Member NAADAC - National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors

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Serving California & Oregon via telehealth sessions (phone or video calls).

Tel: (888) 478-6658​

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline, at (800) 273-8255. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. I do not provide emergency services.

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