Being a counselor is my life purpose. Over the course of many years I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Relations, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, then earned my license as a Marriage & Family Therapist.
I have worked in several agency settings and studied under some amazing mentors. Most of the 15 plus years of my therapy career I have worked primarily with children. I also volunteer working with children on Sundays and for the past 20 years have been the Director of a Summer Kid’s Camp (one of the highlights of my year). All of this occurred in the midst of my own family life: raising my own children and becoming a grandparent.
I am a member in good standing of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – CAMFT.
In the local Sierra Foothills CAMFT chapter, I served on the Board of Directors as a Member at Large; Secretary; President-Elect; and the chapter President. I am actively involved in my local community and am constantly learning to improve my therapy skills.
What does Appa mean? When my oldest grandson was learning to talk, he couldn’t quite pronounce Grandma or Grandpa. It came out “Amma” and “Appa” and stuck. Now all five of our grandkids call my wife and I Amma & Appa.
I decided that when I started my counseling practice I would call it Appa Counseling, because that represents who I really am. My wife tellls me that Appa also means I am the leader of our family; the one to lean on; a person can be trusted.