Finding the right therapist can feel difficult, and bring up many questions: Is this person going to be able to help me? Can he or she really understand me? How do I know if the therapist is well-qualified? My intent with this website is to help answer some of these concerns by providing you with some useful information about my approach to psychotherapy, as well as my personal background, professional experience, and some areas of focus in my practice.

Until now, you may have been able to manage your problems on your own or with the help of a good friend or family member. However, certain challenges may continue to reappear and their effects can become more pronounced over time. If this is happening to you, we can discuss ways that working with me in psychotherapy could help to resolve your problems and lead to a more fulfilling life.

Background & Experience

I am a licensed psychotherapist with a master’s degree in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and have gained extensive clinical experience at several clinics in the Los Angeles area, working with individuals from highly diverse backgrounds.

Prior to becoming a therapist, I had a successful career in the technology field, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math and science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). My combined experience in both psychology and technology has allowed me to help clients explore their emotional issues while grounding our work in the requirements of practical reality.

In addition, I immigrated to the United States from Croatia 25 years ago, and came out as a gay man at about the same time, which has given me first-hand experience of navigating multiple levels of cultural adjustment.

Approach

I believe that individualized treatment is paramount for success of the therapeutic process. My work is deeply grounded in psychodynamic theories, while also integrating techniques from Gestalt, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), narrative, systems, and other relevant modalities.

Depending on clients’ challenges and motivations, therapy could be short-term, focused on resolving specific challenges, or it could be longer-term, exploring experiences in your family-of-origin, setting your challenges in a wider cultural context, or working with the unconscious psyche.

Areas of Focus

  • Anxiety & depression, relationship problems, and compulsive/addictive behaviors are common issues that bring clients to my office.
  • Clinical depression and anxiety, or their milder cousins, can make you uninterested in things that used to make you happy, or even prevent you from participating fully in life.
  • Relationship problems at home or at work can bring up a painful sense of insecurity and negative views of yourself or others.
  • Addictive use of drugs and alcohol, or sexual compulsivity, can spin your life out of control and have negative impact on your relationships, as well as your emotional, physical, and spiritual health.
  • Challenges surrounding being a member of a sexual or a gender minority, acclimating to a life in Southern California, or being happy and fulfilled with one’s career are also some of the areas that I concentrate on in my work with clients.