Now offering Internet
and phone sessions
A note regarding COVID-19: During these stressful, uncertain times, you may be searching for a new source of support, or you might be having overwhelming feelings that you’d like some assistance sorting through.
I am accepting new patients at this time, and to help you with your comfort level, I’m offering both in-person video and phone sessions to all patients.
If you’re looking for a supportive and understanding therapist and you’re living with challenges such as:
- Anxiety, including panic attacks, and depression
- Low self-esteem
- Unsatisfying relationships
- Drugs/alcohol or other troubling, compulsive activiies – including crystal meth, the Internet, food, and sex
- Coming out issues
…I provide a specific kind of therapy that’s designed to help you overcome these and other challenges. My entire focus is on helping you to achieve the goals that you’d like to achieve, so that you lead a more satisfied life, have more peace of mind, and enjoy more gratifying relationships.
This is only one way that therapy is helpful. Therapy is also like putting a puzzle together. The pieces are there, and my role is to help you put them together – that is, to make sense of what’s going on. I can help you to gain insight into your motivations, accept yourself more, and achieve personal growth.
Reasons to see an affirming psychotherapist
If you’re LGBTQIA+, it’s often helpful to see a therapist in the community because the person can better relate to your experiences. For example, a therapist in our community knows what it’s like to come to terms with their sexual orientation. Plus, they know that although being in a same-sex couple is similar to being in a heterosexual one, straight people don’t have to deal with situations such as:
- What if you want to show affection in public but your partner isn’t comfortable?
- What if you’re negative and want to date someone who’s HIV-positive (or vice-versa)?
- What if your partner’s family doesn’t know, and you’re growing impatient?
- What are some of the issues that need to be dealt with regarding having or adopting a child?
Also, the problems you’re experiencing might have nothing to do with being LGBTQIA+, but it does have a bearing on your decisions. For instance:
- What if your boss or co-workers aren’t queer-friendly?
- What if you want to move to a part of the city where few queer people live?
- What do you do if you’re getting married or going to an upcoming event and you’ve got some homophobic relatives?
There’s value to having a therapist you can connect with and who helps you to deal with your challenges. I began my career interning at a LGBTQIA+ community center in 1992. After obtaining my Ph.D., I began private practice. While going through many issues related to being gay, my experience deepened my understanding of the challenges related to being out in our culture.
I have worked in community mental health setting and private practice for over 30 years, and I have worked with many sexual minority patients.
My position is affirmative. which means that same-sex and opposite-sex couples have equal worth, it’s not OK for a therapist to assume that any problem you’re having is related to your sexual orientation, and the problems that LGBTQIA+ people experience has to do with societal oppression and not sexual orientation or gender identity.
Publications – Books
Get Closer: A Gay Men’s Guide to Intimacy and Relationships is a practical guide to help people be a committed couple.
Here are a couple of reviews from Amazon.com
Excellent Book!!! This book gave my partner and I the opportunity to learn about our relationship as well as ourselves….SO RECOMMENDED…Thanks and ENJOY!!Michael, December 2013
Best gay relationship book I’ve ever read.Zhpassagio, November 2011
Publications – Articles
Affirmative Psychotherapy and Counseling for Gay Men and Lesbians has been used and studied by many therapists both as a guide and in university classes. The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists recommended it for their Online Certification Program.
In addition to writing the books, I have also written several articles. Topics range from depression and anxiety to stress management to finding a good therapist.
Finally, I have supervised several therapists who were gaining their hours for license and have led several workshops and taught several college courses, including:
- Master’s level courses on psychotherapy and counseling at Antioch University
- The LGBT Experience course at Chapman University
- Workshops at The LA LGBT Center
- Drug abuse/treatment and domestic violence workshops through UCLA
- LGBTQIA+ youth and coming out seminar for the LA Unified school district
- Other workshops presented for the general public include intimacy and challenges related to being in a couple, relapse prevention, grief and loss, stress management and conflict resolution
If you’d like to make an appointment please use the contact form (above), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 323-692-7781.