Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - AMFT
As a self-identified gay man, I’m quite familiar with issues of self-esteem, anxiety, depression, guilt and shame that arise from coming out in a predominantly heterosexual normative, patriarchal society. I can be your ally dealing with those issues and how they affect relationships, be it romantic, sexual, purely platonic, or work-related as well as any reactive behavior you have developed in response to trauma. I am equally at ease and experience working with individuals and couples across the entire gender and sexual identity spectrum.
Equally, as someone who was not born in the US, I am also familiar with the stress, fear, isolation, anxiety, panic attacks that we might experience when dealing with cultural and language differences. If you feel anxious, isolated, lacking motivation, overwhelmed, I am happy to sit with you to explore together ways to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
My orientation to psychotherapy is infused with several counseling approaches: Gestalt, for its ability to discern how different parts of your personality interact, Hakomi, for its collaborative, somato-based organic approach based on mindfulness and mind-body-spirit integration. My therapeutic approach is trauma-informed and based on attachment theory.
Some founding principles guide my practice: open curiosity, authenticity, acceptance, and compassion in a non-judgemental, yet warmly inquisitive way. When was the last time you caught yourself by surprise thinking you’re more than you thought you were? This is what I am curious to find out, I invite you to join me on a journey of discovery.
Skills and Expertise
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Loss or Grief
Sleep or Insomnia
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy