I began my academic studies in the field of child development. Courses in the early childhood education program initiated my lifelong interest in learning theory and the construction of excellent environments for learning. These studies led me to the field of psychology and eventually to the development of my counseling practice.
My clinical skills were developed through formal education, interactions with clients, and years of clinical supervision. I have had the great privilege of studying with dozens of highly-skilled therapists and many of the world's best known sex therapists. These master clinicians imparted wisdom and insight, as well as scientific information and research skills. I completed my Doctorate in Human Sexuality, at the Institute for the Advance Study of Human Sexuality in 2006.
I am a professional member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS); certified in both Sex Education and Clinical Sexology, and have been repeatedly elected to the office in all of my professional organizations. I am currently on the Board of Directors of SSSS, and President of the International Professional Surrogates Association.
Speaker and Sex Educator
In addition to my private practice, I enjoy teaching undergrads and graduate students about human sexuality and sex therapy at universities and colleges throughout Southern California (including UCLA, UCSD, San Diego State, University of Pheonix, etc. I am also honored that I repeatedly receive invitations to conduct educational seminars, workshops, and participate in symposia for my professional colleagues.
Interviews, documentaries, and other media experience
I have been interviewed, consulted and filmed dozens of time in conjunction with dozens of news, magazine, television, and online programs, as well as dozens of documentary and feature films. Most recently with ABC News, Newsweek's The Daily Beast, and as consult for the feature film She Comes Slowly. A list of media projects is available upon request.