About Joe

I collaborate with individuals, couples, and families in understanding how alcohol and drugs are utilized to cope with a host of stressors. I support clients in identifying and realizing how their internal emotional wounding of the past may be influencing the struggles of the present in all relationships, including the relationship with self. As someone who had experienced and recovered from trauma and its painful consequential after effects, I directly understand how unresolved trauma impacts the self, the family and the community at large.



M.A.- Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco 

M.A.- Organizational Management-Graduate School of Business, University of Phoenix

B.A. - History, San Francisco State University

Certificate-Drug and Alcohol Studies, City College of San Francisco

Certificate- Spanish Language Studies, Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, Mexico  


Professional Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern # IMF-82754

Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern # PCCI-1522

Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Reciprocal), License # LR01330315 *( a non-governmental license)

Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor-ICAADC

Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-ICADC

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, # A015710315- (Highest Certification Level)

Masters Level-Registered Addictions Specialist, # S0810052123

Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional, # CDP0141013

Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor-CATC IV, # 156785IV

Professional Affiliations

Member- California Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Member-CAMFT, San Francisco Chapter 

Member- The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

Member- The California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators