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Richard moved from Southern California to Northern Vermont in 1985. In 1986, he opened Accept Counseling on College Street in Burlington, and has been at this location ever since. You can find his dog and good friend Sage resting quietly behind the desk in his office. Sage's stillness is part of the experience of being in the Accept Counseling office.
Born and raised in East Los Angeles, California, Richard is a graduate of The California Family Study Center in Burbank, California (now the Phillips Graduate Institute). He has studied extensively with John Gray (of Mars and Venus fame), Salvador Minuchin (one of the founding figures of the family therapy field), Sufi-therapist Ali Abu-Bekr, and has taken extensive training with the Harvard University Mind-Body Institute. A clinical member of the AAMFT, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, he is licensed in Vermont as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Prior to becoming a therapist, Richard had an extensive career in music as a recording engineer and producer. His work earned gold and platinum records with James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Poco. Previous to that, he taught World Religions at San Diego State University, was assistant band director at Montebello High School in Southern California and played in bands for many years.
Richard is responsible for developing the “Seeing, Safety and Leading Behind” method of teaching therapists to do therapy moment-to-moment and “The Love InstinctTM”--”The Ten Fatal Flaws of Relationships and Their Glorious AntidotesTM” approach to teaching and coaching couples.