Charlie is recognized as a seasoned, direct, warm, ethical, "practical" therapist with experience since 1973. He's licensed as both Psychologist & Marriage and Family Therapist, competently helping individuals, couples, and families. Along with a broad general practice, he also specializes in: Relationship Issues (premarital & marital problems, communication, co-parenting, financial stress, affairs, infidelity, divorce, sexual health); Substance Abuse and Behavioral addictions (alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, codependence, ACOA, enabling, gambling, "sex addiction", out of control sexual behavior); Trauma Recovery (crime victims, post traumatic stress, loss, death, dying, grief, identity theft); Men's Issues: ("Men behaving badly", fatherhood, communication problems, intimacy concerns).
Charlie believes that most people achieve their treatment goals more effectively and efficiently when meeting with a therapist with a warm, honest, open, intelligent approach blended with a timely sense of humor and wisdom...not dry, confusing, contrived, "psychobabble".
Professional concentration incorporates clinical practice, executive coaching, training (domestic and international), research, writing, consultation, and broad volunteer community service. Effort is made to remain in the forefront of ethical, effective, and efficient diagnostic and treatment modalities.
- Relationship Issues
- Couples Counseling
- Addictions or Substance Abuse
- PTSD and Trauma
- Life Transitions
- Loss or Grief
- Male Issues
- Self-Esteem / Growth
- Sex Addiction
- Twelve Step
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORY BOARD POSITIONS
Identity Theft Resource Center - Board of Directors 2003 - 2014
Director Emeritus 2014 - Present
Board Member since inception of this internationally respected
organization dedicated to community education, understanding, and
prevention of the crime of identity theft.
Scripps Memorial Hospital at La Jolla - McDonald Center for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Treatment Alumni Association, Advisory Board Member 2004 - 2006
Survivors of Violent Loss Program - Advisory Board, 2001 - 2004
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - S.D. Chapter - Board of Directors, 1997 - 1998
San Diego County Victim Assistance Coordinating Council - Board of Directors, 1988 - 1995, President: 1989-1990, Vice Pres. 1995, Chairperson By-laws Committee & Elections Committee
Crime Victims Fund - Board of Directors, 1990 - 1993
Scripps Ranch Planning Group - Elected by local planning organization to Executive Board. 1989 - 1992
Sexual Assault Coordinating Council - Board of Directors, 1982 - 1989
Charter Member, President (twice), Vice-President, Historian, wrote by-laws.
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - San Diego Chapter, 1980 - 1984 Board of Directors. Elected by countywide membership.
San Diego County Mental Health Advisory Board - Multi-Disciplinary Committee, 1982 - 1984
Task Force on the Prevention of Domestic Violence - Board of Directors 1977-1982, Vice-President, Historian, co-wrote by-laws. Charter Member
San Diego City Advisory Board on the Status of Women - Committee on Sexual Assault and Intra-Family Violence 1974 - 1979
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP:
Society of Addiction Professionals (S.O.A.P.) 2016 –Present Co-wrote the Bylaws and Chairperson of the Nominations Committee
San Diego Psychological Association - Member, 1993 - Present
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) - Life Member 1987 - Present
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) - Life Member, 1977 - Present, CAMFT - San Diego Chapter - Life Member 1980 - Present
Men’s Association for Addiction Treatment (MAAT) – Charter Member, Inaugural speaker, 2014 - 2016
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) S.D. Chapter - Member, 1985 - 2013, Master of Ceremonies for monthly NCADD meetings. 1997 - 2013
Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) - Member 1992 - 1998
Psychology Law Society - Member 1979 - 1987, 1995 - 1996
Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers - Member 1995 - 1996
San Diego Domestic Violence Council - Member, 1993 - 1996
Employee Assistance Professionals Association - Member, 1988 - 1996
American Psychological Association - Division of General Psychology - Member, 1981 - 1992
Coalition On Victims’ Equal Rights (COVER) - Member, 1991 - 1992
San Diego Disaster Response Team - Member, 1988
American Association of Counseling and Development - Member 1986 - 1988
Research Council of The Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation - Charter Member, 1984 - 1986
National Association for Media Psychology - Member, 1982 - 1985
Battered Women Coalition - Member, 1981 - 1982
Superior Court Domestic Violence Diversion Team - Charter Member, 1980
- Publications, Books:
Self-Esteem and the Family - Center City, MN. Hazelden Educational Materials. 1986
Styles of Enabling in the Codependents of Cocaine Abusers - Doctoral Dissertation, 1984 San Diego. Alliant International University. Credited as being the first formal research project on “enabling” behavior and first book ever published with the word “Codependents” in its title.
Rape: An Investigation Into Services Offered by Nationwide Police Departments, 1974 and Rape Crisis Centers - Masters Thesis. San Diego. Alliant International University.
Chapters in Books:
Victims of Crime and Their Families Handbook - Chapter: "Loved Ones’ Reactions." San Diego: Victim Assistance Coordinating Council
and the United States Attorney’s Office - Southern District of California.
Treating Cocaine Dependents, 1988 Chapter: "The Styles of Enabling Behavior." Center City, MN: Hazelden Educational Materials. Editor: David Smith, M.D.
Treating the Cocaine Abuser, 1985 Chapter: "The Styles of Enabling Behavior." Center City, MN: Hazelden Educational Materials. Editor: David Smith, M.D.
Sexual Assault Victim Information, 1982 Chapter: "Spouse, Family, and Friends' Reactions." San Diego: Sexual Assault Coordinating Council and The Office of the San Diego County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program.
Rape and Sexual Assault: Management and Intervention, 1980 Chapter: "Today's Victims, Who Are They?", Germantown, MD. Aspen Systems Corp. Editor: Carmen Warner.
“Contagion Effect and Burn-out: Assessment, Prevention, and Help for Chemical Dependency Treatment Providers”, 1996- Published in NCADD Matters, San Diego. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
“Practical Empowerment Tools for Crime Victims”, 1994 Published in EAPA Newsletter, San Diego. Employee Assistance Professionals Association
“Tools for Parents Who Stay With Actively Chemically Dependent Partners”, 1993 Published in EAPA Newsletter, San Diego. Employee Assistance Professionals Association
"The Effects of Parent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse on the Emotional Lives of Children", 1986 Published in The Magic Years, San Diego. Catholic Community Services. Editors: William Moredock, Ph.D. and Timothy Dunnigan, M.A.
"The Batterer: A Collective Responsibility", 1978 - Published in The Congressional Record, Vol. 5, No. 2, San Diego. Community Congress
Victims Voice - Managing Editor, 1989 - 1993 San Diego County Victim Assistance Coordinating Council. San Diego. Circulation: 25,000
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs - Guest Editor, January - March 1986 Haight-Ashbury Publications. San Francisco, CA. Managing Editor: David Smith, M.D.
Poet of the Year - Nominee. Selected by the International Society of Poets. 2003, 2006
International Poet of Merit Award - Chosen to present award-winning original work at the International Society of Poets' Spring Convention and Symposium. 2002 - 2006
Poetry Ambassador - National Poetry Month, 2005 - 2006
“Better Latent Than Never” - Original Poem Nominated for “The 2005 Poem of the Year Award”. Owings Mills, MD: International Library of Poetry. Managing Editor: Howard Ely
“The Determined Vessel” - Original Poem, This work won The International Library of Poetry’s “Editor’s Choice Award” for
“Outstanding Achievement in Poetry;” is highlighted in the anthology,
Love and Luminaries; is profiled in the book A Garden of Dreams. February, 2002
PUBLICATIONS: PSYCHOMETRIC TESTS/INVENTORIES
The Nelson Drug Use Inventory (NDUI), January, 2001 San Diego. The Research and Community Education Program of Change with Direction
The Nelson Stimulant Use Inventory, May, 1994 - The Research and Community Education Program of Change with Direction
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Inventory, November, 1992 San Diego. The Research and Community Education Program of Change with Direction
- Psy Chi - International Honor Society in Psychology 1973 - Life Member
Alpha Kappa Delta - International Honor Society in Sociology 1971 - Life Member
Best of La Jolla Award: Mental Health Clinics Selected by the La Jolla Award Program “Honoring the achievements and accomplishments for best practices & implemented programs”.
Master Speakers Series California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - San Diego. Selected by the organization to be its inaugural honored speaker in “Most Seasoned Therapists” series.
Crime Victim Advocate of the Year Award Selected for this honor by the San Diego County Victim Assistance Coordinating Council
The Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower Selected as “Preferred Community Service Provider”
Doris G. Tate Crime Victim Advocate Award Selected by the Governor of the State of California to be the recipient of his Crime Victim Advocate of the Year Award.
National Disaster Response Training Selected to receive the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) inaugural disaster response training to help in the wake of such tragedies as:
large scale catastrophes, workplace violence, airliner crashes, natural disasters, and so on.
Who's Who Among Human Service Providers
TELEVISION, MOTION PICTURE, AND STAGE THEATRE CONSULTATION
Consultant to screenwriters, television, and stage theatre Directors regarding relationship dilemmas and other psychosocial issues facing script characters. Productions include (but are not limited to):
The Threepenny Opera - San Diego Repertory Theatre, 2009
The Kilo Steven Hensley, Sunstar Productions, 1994
Out of Purgatory Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, 1993
Can You Feel Me Dancing Robert Greenwald Productions, NBC, 1987
Liz, Child of an Alcoholic J-Television, Judythe London and James
Gross Productions, 1984
Trapper John, M.D, 20th Century Fox, CBS Television, 1984
Can We Fall In Love Again?, 20th Century Fox Studios, CBSTelevision 1982
Us Girls -Hanna Barbera, 1980
Eight is Enough, Lorimar Productions for ABC Television, 1980
To Teacher, With Love - Lorimar Productions for NBC Television, 1979
All in the Family - ABC Television, 1978
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