Professionally, I’ve been doing a mix of psychotherapy, supervision, life coaching, teaching and T’ai Chi since 1988. I am now the Clinical Director of the Community Counseling Center of Ashland at 600 Siskiyou Boulevard. I also teach Life Coaching and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) with Maria Connolly.
Over the course of my career, I‘ve had a private practice in Talent and Ashland (in Southern Oregon), taught various classes on personal development privately, at RCC and through Southern Oregon University’s continuing education program, and taught T’ai Chi privately and through SOU, Rogue Community College, and others. I also helped to organize and lead the Rogue Valley Men’s Conferences, taught massage at the Ashland Massage Institute, and have done counseling at the Talent Middle School and at Southern Oregon University. I’ve also organized several challenge course based team building events for local businesses and groups.
I’ve self published three T’ai Chi and Qigong videos/ DVDs, had several articles published in “T’ai Chi” and “Qi” magazines, collaborated on The Everything Book on T’ai Chi and Qigong and self-published The Push Hands Workbook.
I was born in El Salvador in 1960 and grew up overseas and in Washington DC while my father was working in the diplomatic service. Since my middle name is Fernando, I’ve always been called Nando. My first year of college, 1979, I began my study of T’ai Chi and of psychotherapy. I got my BA in psychology from New College of San Francisco in 1982. In 1981 I met Sharon Bolles and seven years later we married. After a year I spent throwing pottery professionally, we went to graduate school at JFKU in Orinda, CA and I got my MA in Transpersonal Psychology while Sharon got hers in Clinical Psychology. After we got married we settled in Talent, Oregon in 1989.
My post-graduate psychotherapy study has included Hakomi, NLP, Voice Dialogue, NVC (non-violent communication), and Energy Psychology.
Current projects include the Life Coaching and NLP trainings and personal growth program “Life in Balance: The 7 Keys” that I teach with Maria Connolly. We’re offering weekly classes and periodic workshops on this material and I recommend the program to everyone.
As I mentioned, I’m the clinical director of the Community Counseling Center of Ashland LLC where we have graduate and postgraduate interns offering psychotherapy under the supervision of myself and others.
Since 1988, we’ve been living the good life on our five rural acres. We’ve fixed up our 100+ year old farmhouse, raised sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and more zucchini than you can imagine! Our two kids are teens now and they delight and challenge us.
I am an avid outdoors person and delight in being on rivers, hiking, biking and skiing. I continue to throw pottery, showing and selling it once a year in the November Clayfolk show. I also study Karate and Kenpo and have my fifth degree black belt in Karate and Kenpo. Dancing is also a delight for me and I practice and teach Contact Improvisation.