Dr. Gonzales was originally born and raised in the Bay Area (Walnut Creek, CA). He participated in athletics (basketball, football and baseball) throughout high school (Northgate). He was also a collegiate (Hayward State University) and semi-professional baseball player (San Francisco Senators). Unfortunately, he was not able to complete his senior year of college baseball due to being diagnosed with a metastatic stage 4 Cancer. After completing 8 months of chemotherapy, two surgeries and battling for his own life, Dr. Gonzales made a life transformation. It was at this time that he looked for meaning and purpose from this tragedy (adverse life challenge) that eventually led him to the field of Psychology. Anyone that knows Dr. Gonzales, knows that he vigorously pursues the silver lining in every dark cloud. He is also a man of strong faith.
Dr. Gonzales earned his Bachelors and Masters Degree at Hayward State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles (APA accredited) in 1992. He completed his clinical internship with the Hollywood/Sunset Community Clinic and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Departments Psychological Services Department.
It was at this time he was introduced to Dr. Rick Trautner (Psychiatrist) through an associate (Dr. David Wellisch) at a UCLA psychoanalytic supervision group in Los Angeles. Dr. Trautner was impressed with Dr. Gonzales and invited him to join his group practice in Bakersfield. Dr. Gonzales accepted the invitation and has been in private practice for 18 years.
Dr. Gonzales has been featured extensively in the local and national media. He was the feature cover story of Coping magazine (April,1997) and has been on the speakers tour that has led him to some prestigious venues including M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He has been on national television shows and appears frequently on local television (predominately KGET-17) as their Psychological spokesperson. He is also a weekly contributor to the Ralph Bailey Show in the segments “On the Couch with Dr. Corey” (KNZR 1560AM – Mondays at 5:05 PM) .
Dr. Gonzales has also done volunteer work (over 15 years) for the American Cancer Society that has led to numerous awards for his work in the community. He was the recipient of the 1997 “Patient Services Award” and the 1999 “You Make A Difference Award”. In 1998, he was nominated for the “Public Health Hero Award” from the Kern County Department of Public Health. Dr. Gonzales also helped develop the first “Man to Man” program in California. This program is for men with Prostate Cancer and their families, this program is affiliated with the American Cancer Society, Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center and Florence Wheeler Cancer Center (Mercy Hospital).
Dr. Gonzales is a member of the local Kern County Psychological Association (KCPA), California Psychological Association (CPA) and American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Gonzales is an active board member of the American Cancer Society, Bakersfield.
In addition to his professional career, Dr. Gonzales is a strong believer in the importance of family and community. He met his wife in Bakersfield and has been married since 1994. After becoming settled here, he moved his parents from the Bay Area. This allowed him to spend several years of quality time with them before his father passed in 2006.