This blog is about leadership, organizations, groups, families, character development, great ideas, what works, boundaries, bonding, attachment, creativity, object relations in the workplace, Biblical ideas because they work and change peoples lives for the better, team work, joy on the job, finding what is really most important (Wisdom), making an impact, healing people, finding your calling, “iron sharpening iron”, testing, applying literature and story to leadership and the workplace, learning from movies and any other cool stuff you and I can think of!


As part of the the New Life Network (formerly New Life Clinic) we want to make a difference in peoples lives at home and in the workplace as well as in the church and the world.


Change, communication and relationships can be difficult for leaders and organizations. I have always wanted to be apart of the difference that develops leaders and groups into dynamic and interesting places to work.

I was raised in Oakland in a big Irish-Italian family were relationships and intellectual pursuits where highly valued. I have a masters in counseling from Cal State Hayward and a doctorate of education from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area Campus, in counseling psychology with a self directed emphasis in leadership and organization development. My dissertation was on the relationship between life experience and leadership style.

After licensing as a counselor, I enjoyed working as a clinical director with the Minirth-Meier New Life Clinics West. Working with a diverse patient population in the current New Life Network, I still enjoy the wisdom, professional comradeship, fellowship and training of Drs. David Stoop, Henry Cloud and John Townsend. I welcome the opportunity to lead and supervise doctoral and master’s level interns in counseling and coaching.

While working as a consultant, I have enjoyed working with both large and small organizations. I have consulted for Cal Berkeley’s, Graduate Department of Bioengineering, Cal’s  Graduate Department of Public Policy and the San Jose State University, Department of Instructional Design. I have also worked with leaders from such diverse organizations as the  U.S. Coast Guard,  SC Johnson & Company, Kaiser-Permanente,  SpineCare-SOAR, and the East Bay Lutheran Youth Leaders Association. Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and other helpful forms of coaching that help clients get unstuck, I have helped many leaders get through impasses in their careers.

I am a member of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists and the American Association of Christian Counselors. In my spare time I enjoy surfing, reading, great films, fly fishing and hanging out with my friends and staff.


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