How I Help

My Approach

My approach to therapy is multi-faceted, and I integrate several modalities, including Psychodynamic Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based practices. These therapies have been proven to help clients with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma and major life transitions. I have a relaxed, straightforward and interactive style, and rather than merely sit and passively listen like some therapists, I actively engage in meaningful conversations with my clients and provide the support, feedback and guidance they need.

Building a Strong Therapeutic Alliance

A strong therapeutic relationship is vital for therapy to succeed. That's why my focus will be to ensure that we build an authentic, collaborative and trusting relationship so you feel truly understood, accepted and valued as a whole person, not simply for the issues you want to address in therapy. I will also check in with you from time to time to see how you're feeling about the direction of our work together. 

Increasing Insight and Self-Awareness

I believe increasing your self-awareness and understanding of how your past has contributed to your problems is essential. This often includes identifying unhelpful core beliefs and patterns you developed in the past and that may have helped you cope and survive but are now contributing to the anxiety, depression or relationship issues you're struggling with today. Unfortunately, for most gay, bi and queer men, these challenges are further complicated by the experience of havind to hide an essential part of ourselves from our family and friends, which can exacerbate your fears and insecurities. Understanding what these beliefs and patterns are and where they come from is an important first step. However, insight alone may not be enough to achieve significant progress.

Cognitive and Emotional Processing

For lasting change to occur, I will help you cultivate a more adaptable and resilient perspective, increase your mindfulness and help you overcome self-defeating thoughts, feelings and behaviors. We will explore how your core values can guide the way you approach every facet of your life, including your romantic relationships, career and your personal growth and development, and I will provide the support, feedback and guidance you need to take meaningful steps to improve your life. You will develop not only the insight, but also the skills necessary to change unhelpful patterns, cope with negative feelings and make positive changes in your life and maintain those changes over time.