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Michael Basta, L.C.S.W.
Welcome and thanks for checking out my profile. I realize that choosing a couples therapist is a very personal decision. I invite you to read further to learn more about me and my couples therapy practice.
I became a therapist because of how I grew up. We were Catholic – my dad was a bartender, and I thought I would either end up a bartender or a priest. I experienced loss early in my life and became very motivated to learn how to deal with the loss, myself, and how families interacted. I learned that I could help people because of my experiences.
My early professional experience was working with the disabled population. I found I was really drawn to work with the families of my clients so I pursued my post-graduate education in clinical social work at the University of California Berkeley with an emphasis in family therapy.
I worked for many years as a therapist and often felt that the best way that I could help a troubled child/adolescent was to work separately with the parents. I read about John Gottman’s research on couples relationships and had the opportunity to train with the Gottman's in 2002. This training has been career changing for me. After working for 17 years as the coordinator of a teen intensive outpatient program with Kaiser Psychiatry, I retired in 2014 and have changed my private practice to focus almost exclusively on couples therapy.
In addition to my work as a couples therapist, my colleague, Marcia Gomez and I provide the Gottman Art and Science of Love (ASL) Workshop in Sonoma County in California. I also train roving therapists at the ASL workshops presented by the Gottman's. I am also a Master Trainer, providing training to therapists in all three levels of the Gottman's professional training curriculum, and I am a consultant for the Gottman Institute and help prepare therapists that are on the track to become Certified Gottman Method Therapists.