In 1996, I graduated from the training program at the University of California in Santa Barbara with a degree in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. Through my training, I developed the philosophy that it is not possible to draw a distinction between the populations served and the skills needed by Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychologists. Rather, I believe the interdependence of social systems requires that all psychologists be familiar with the influences and workings of school systems, patterns of normal development, and aspects of psychopathology. This philosophy allows me the opportunity to treat a myriad of people with a greater understanding and empathy for their problems. I work in conjunction with the many communities and systems that are impacting individuals’ and families’ lives, e.g. teachers, school administrators, grandparents, ex-partners and church groups.
As a licensed psychologist, I feel that my clients greatly benefit from my unique talents and skill sets, including the following:
• My ability to work with diverse populations including infants, adolescents, mature adults, racial/ethnic minorities, children with autism, and individuals with disparate mental health concerns.
• My vast experience in varied settings such as outpatient facilities, schools, research clinics, and private homes.
• My graduate school training combined with my personal and professional knowledge, which has been enriched by my ethnic minority heritage.
• My strong training as a research psychologist and diverse working relationships with community agencies, schools, and regional centers.
• My steadfast patience, professionalism, enthusiasm, adaptability, open-mindedness and compassion for the human spirit.
• Childhood Sexual Abuse
• Play Therapy with Young Children
• High Risk Children and Families
• Divorcing Families and Parenting
• Childhood Disorders
• Autism and Developmental Delays
• Home Visits
• Classroom and School Observations
Insurance can be billed. I am a perferred provider on a number of panels. Check with your insurance policy to determine coverage.
Jacob completed his doctorate in Marriage & Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2008. Prior to joining the Green House team, he worked with teenagers who were in residential treatment, helping them and their families work through the challenges they faced. He enjoyed the process of engaging resistant clients in a process that benefits the entire system, and will now use that experience to work with the families at the Green House, and hopefully prevent some out-of-home placements.
To aid him in working with families by understanding child development, he trained with the Child Trauma Academy in the use of their brainmapping tool, which will be combined with other assessment procedures to gain as complete a picture as possible of the children who are served at the Green House. He is also working toward becoming a registered clinician with ATTACh, an international organization advocating for, and training on, attachment needs.
While living in California, he and his wife decided to become licensed as foster parents. Over the next 10 years, they adopted four of the many children that lived in their home, adding to their three biological children. They remain active in community activities related to adoption and foster care, and use their personal experiences to connect with and support foster/adoptive parents.