I am passionate about my work as a therapist and the opportunity to provide help for others. As a husband and father I have broad life experience which helps me to understand your situation and the challenges you may be experiencing. As a male therapist I have worked extensively to ensure that women feel understood and validated, and that equal understanding is needed when dealing with relationship difficulties.
I hold hope for my clients when they feel they have none left, and I confront fantasy with reality. I constantly strive to improve my service to my clients and work closely with them to have clear goals that I use to help my clients achieve life altering changes. I consider it a special privilege when someone entrusts me with their personal life and feelings.
I am currently co-owner of Stoneridge Counseling Services with my wife Mina Skoutelakis, LMFT. You may visit our website at www.stoneridgecounselingservices.com
My office is located in Pleasanton, CA near the Stoneridge Mall and convenient to the 580/680 Freeways and BART. There is ample free parking.
I graduated from St. Mary's College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology. I then attended John F. Kennedy University where I received my Masters of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. My clinical experience began with community counseling service. I have worked with couples, adults, and teenagers. I have also done work with a non-profit organization providing services to high schools, continuation schools, and juvenile probation. I also worked as a private practice therapist before co-founding Stoneridge Counseling Services. Prior to my therapy practice, I worked for a Fortune 500 Company for over 20 years.
License and Certifications
I am licensed in good standing with the state of California as a Marriage and family Therapist MFC #50352. Previously I was registered with the state as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Receiving the Marriage and Family Therapist licensure requires over 3,000 hours of clinical work and two rigorous state examinations.
Professional Activities and Memberships
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
East Bay Chapter of Marriage and Family Therapists