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About Me

I counsel and coach because I love life and know how to support people trying to make the most of it. I’ve studied personal development, interpersonal relationships, spirituality, communication, and community building throughout my career, and I’m still learning.

My wife Marty and I have been married for nearly 30 years, and we raised our three adult children in Philadelphia and Cincinnati, before following them to Los Angeles. Marty is an artist who also serves as the operations manager for a local homeless shelter.

I grew up in suburban Philadelphia and attended Haverford College and Brown University. I became a Christian as a teenager and spent nearly three decades as an evangelical inner-city minister before losing my faith in God and eventually becoming the first

Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California.  Unless we’re actually discussing theology, however, even my closest friends can’t really tell the difference. I always believed in the power of love, and I still do.

Over the years I’ve run youth programs, founded and managed non-profit organizations, pastored congregations, written books, and given loads of speeches. I’ve travelled around the world too, learning life lessons from all different kinds of people. No matter what else I do, however, I’ve never stopped counseling and coaching, mainly because those conversations are where I most consistently experience the joy of positive transformation.

If you want a better idea of what’s its like to talk with me, just check out my podcast HERE.
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Getting Started

You can contact me via email (a few lines of general background is helpful) to arrange for a free, 20-minute phone consultation, aimed at helping you decide if we’re a good fit. If you choose to go ahead, I have flexible meeting times, including some evenings.

I meet with local clients in person at my office on the USC campus and with out-of-town clients via Skype, FaceTime and telephone.

My regular fee is $100 per full hour session, but thanks to supporters I can offer a sliding scale to clients concerned about affordability. Because I well understand that counseling is a costly investment, my aim is to help you reach your goals as quickly as possible. I accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards, but I do not work with insurance companies. Unless otherwise arranged, payment should be made prior to the beginning of each meeting.

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Testimonials

I met Bart at a time when I felt very lost and uncertain about how to move forward in life.  He not only helped me get out of trouble, but with full acceptance, humor, and great compassion, he also helped me discover a new life full of meaning and love.
Laura B.
Before meeting Bart, I had only vague ideas about happiness and how to seek it. Bart possesses such a keen intuition that he quickly helped me find a more sustainable and, frankly, better path. Anytime I need life advice, he’s the first person I want to talk to. I’ve referred all my closest friends to Bart, because he made me a better person.
Ben P.
I worked with Bart at a time when I was isolated by work and had very few friends and colleagues to process my life with. Our sessions helped me to recognize the importance of relationships and to get to some of the core issues that fed my isolation. In a very short period of time, with Bart’s help, I was able to reconcile with friends and family and to build “real relationships” with those in my community.
Brandi A.
In a time of confusion, loss, and sorrow, Bart respectfully and compassionately helped me rediscover gratitude, joy, and laughter in the midst of this messy, beautiful world.
Janet K.
Bart has guided me through countless personal tribulations, helping me stay true to myself and make the most ethical choices. Bart leads by example, inspiring those around him to do good, be good, and feel good. He makes everyone he comes into contact with feel recognized and important.
Sarah W.
Bart has a special gift for understanding people, and especially their relationships, professional goals, and family dynamics.  He has often helped me avoid months of rumination by getting right to the core of what is going on and conceiving practical and effective strategies for improving my quality of life.  He is a time saver and very often a lifesaver.
Mike B.