PhD, LMFT, MSG, MA
Hourly Rate: $150
Accepts PPO Insurance: Yes
Sliding Scale: Yes
Office location: Sierra Madre
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”
This is a quote by the memoirist Fredrick Buechner to which I have returned again and again. There is great
benefit to be found from really tuning in and listening to our heart and mind. What are these voices saying to
you? Do you sense a disconnect between your desires in life and the person you present to others?
In my work with individuals, it is my aim to create a safe and welcoming space where one feels known and
accepted exactly as they are. It is from this place of acceptance, that one gradually is able to share more and
more of their journey, including the painful parts. Feeling deeply heard and understood is often a starting
point toward transformation.
The work I do with others includes:
Adults in Transition, Encountering Anxiety or Depression
Launching oneself into a new career, calling, or relationship often brings some anxiety and self-doubt. I have
experienced the bewildering challenge of changing career directions and returning to school after a long break
several times. I have been a college educator for a number of years, and have assisted many adults who are
transitioning from ‘what was’ to ‘what comes next’.
Adults and Elders
I work with older adults and their families who are experiencing the many and perplexing issues which aging
brings, including: career transitions and retirement, the struggle to find a new identity after retirement, the
challenges of health issues or disability, the need to make new living arrangements due to health or family
concerns, and finally, contemplating the final transition which all of us will one day face.
Those with Chronic Health Conditions
One of the many challenges that face those living with chronic pain and illness is isolation. We do not feel
understood by friends and family. Sometimes we refuse to believe we have a disabling condition because it is
not visible. Chronic illness is often accompanied by depression, or, the inability to accept that things could
ever get better.
The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard has said, ”Life must be lived looking forward, but can only be
understood looking backward.”
It would be my privilege to work with you to bring both past and present into focus as you look forward to the
path life has for you.
Philip is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 105133), a Gerontologist (MSG – specialist in older
adulthood), an Educational Psychologist (PhD) by training, and someone who has grown and learned through
the sometimes painful crucible of life experience.
‘One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself
and not roam’ – Friedrich Nietzsche