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A Background of Diverse Experiences

The breadth of my experiences as psychologist, consultant, businessman, minister and family member could offer an advantage for you as you seek professional help.

Throughout my career, I have worked with a full spectrum of personal and relational issues, which range from ordinary life stresses to complete emotional collapse. Since 1990, I have served as a practicing psychologist and the Director of Covenant Psychological Services in Redwood City. Before this, I gained hands-on experience working in business development for The Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s largest strategic business consulting companies. Subsequently, I co-founded Personics Corporation, a venture-capital-backed technology company based in Menlo Park, California, and served as the company’s senior operations officer and chief financial officer for five years while maintaining a part-time psychology practice in San Francisco.

Through my corporate experience in Silicon Valley, I gained a valuable understanding of the stresses on business executives and their families. I continue to find it extremely rewarding to work with business executives and professional people in my psychotherapy practice.

Prior to my years in business, I worked in community mental health as Clinical Director of Pine Belt Mental Health Center in Mississippi. I also served on the staff of an inpatient V.A. Medical Center substance abuse treatment program. In these two settings, I gained significant clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of individuals with serious mental and emotional problems.

I am an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and I regularly work with pastors and ministry leaders as counselor, consultant and coach. I find it greatly rewarding to work with lay people, clergy and leaders of Christian organizations who are struggling with the personal and organizational difficulties of modern ministry.
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Family Life

I made the best “relationship decision” of my life in 1982 by marrying Darrah Turner, also a Ph.D. psychologist. Darrah and I have worked alongside each other at Covenant Psychological Services for many years. My life has also been greatly enriched by the process of raising two children, a son and a daughter. My wife and I have long been committed to a strong family life. My relationships with Darrah and my two children have been the primary springboard in maturing and refining my emotional and spiritual worlds. Without them, I wouldn’t be nearly the person I am today – nor would I have nearly as much to offer you.