John earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW) with high honors from USC. He has more than seven years of experience working with children, teens, and young adults from a diverse array of backgrounds; helping them to develop the insight and skills necessary to weather life’s storms.
John’s specialty treatment areas include anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem, and exploration of gender and sexual identity.
His insightful and genuine approach to therapy comes from an expansive career path that afforded him a wide range of lived experiences. With his holistic approach, John pulls from these experiences as well as from research, theory, and practice to enrich his work with his clients.
Prior to joining the Curry Psychology Group, John worked in a variety of settings, including schools (pre-school to higher education), community clinics, corporations, the entertainment industry, and most recently in the foster care and probation systems.
John has completed advanced training in Motivational Interviewing Therapy, Problem Solving Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Birth to Five (Children’s Hospital LA), Infant and Toddler Trauma-Informed Care (UCLA SEEDS), and Mindfulness Practice.
John aims to facilitate sessions that balance structure and freedom so clients can feel free and safe to explore, express, and heal nonjudgmentally. He brings a calming and reassuring voice to life’s most challenging situations, and his steady foundation encourages children to learn self-soothing and empowerment, engenders the trust necessary for teens to feel safe sharing their struggles, and enables families to process the weight and challenges of modern living.