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With over 30 years of counseling…

…I will help you develop the tools you need.

Together, we’ve got this!

I’ve been doing a mix of psychotherapy, supervision, life coaching, and teaching since 1988.  All based in the Rogue Valley, mostly in private practice.

My most recent book, Transforming Your Inner Critic into an Inner Coach, was published in 2017.  I’ve also published books and videos on T’ai Chi and Qigong.

My post-graduate psychotherapy study has included Hakomi, NLP, Voice Dialogue, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, NVC (non-violent communication), and Energy Psychology.

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 OLLI and taught T’ai Chi privately and through SOU, Rogue Community College, and others.  Years ago, 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 SOU. I served as the Clinical Director of the Community Counseling Center of Ashland at 600 Siskiyou Boulevard from 2010 through June of 2017. I’ve also organized several challenge course based team building events for local businesses and groups.  Through our business, IPL, Maria Connolly and I co-taught NLP and Life Coaching for many years.

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. My wife, Sharon Bolles, and I settled in Talent, Oregon in 1989.

Since then, 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! We’re now empty nesters with two adult kids.
I’m an avid outdoors person and delight in being on rivers, hiking, biking and skiing. I’ve throw pottery since high school and, show and sell it once a year in the November Clayfolk show. I also have my fifth degree black belt in Karate and Kenpo and study Escrima. Dancing is also a delight for me and I practice and teach Contact Improvisation.

It is also essential to me to walk my talk ethically.  This has included being arrested for civil disobedience outside Los Alamos nuclear weapons labs in my 20s, regularly phoning my elected officials, learning to be an even more effective ally to others, making sure that my investments are socially responsible, and making environmentally and social justice informed choices about my lifestyle.