Joseph Ferra has been providing counseling services for over 20 years. He began his career as a group counselor with probation and has continued working with adolescents, adults, and families in a wide variety of areas. He truly has a passion for helping people overcome individual obstacles in order to foster personal development and healthy relationships.
In 2004, Mr. Ferra received mediation training at UCLA and began his private practice, Family Mediation Associates, where he skillfully provides family reconciliation and divorce mediation services. Mr. Ferra has been honored to serve as the President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Kern County Bar Association and as a mediation Panelist for the Superior Courts in Kern and Los Angeles Counties.
Prior to being promoted to his current position as Executive Director of Aspire Counseling Services, Mr. Ferra held the esteemed positions of Clinical Program Manager for the Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco and Ventura.
A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mr. Ferra holds an Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University Bakersfield.
In his spare time Joe enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing guitar, riding motorcycles, and engaging in activities that promote health and fitness.