Expertise in LGBT Issues
June 2013: This post has been substantially updated here: http://chelseatherapy.com/clinical-topics/
I specialize in helping gay men develop more satisfying lives. The concept of life satisfaction is determined by each individual. Likewise, barriers to achieving a more satisfying life tend to be unique to each individual’s personality, life history, coming out experience, vulnerabilities and strengths.
Much of my work involves helping gay men who struggle with relationship conflicts, self-esteem, body image, sexual compulsivity, and coming out. In my experience, these kinds of focal problems are often embedded within a deeper context of personality, depression, and anxiety issues. Thus, psychotherapy may involve making connections between past and present experiences with the aim of creating a more satisfying future.
Our work together may help you unravel what’s often a complex mix of influences holding you back: negative relationship patterns you learned growing up, homophobic attitudes you encountered that still exert an invisible influence on your self-esteem, and a lack of role models for committed gay relationships in society.
Psychotherapy may help you get unstuck so you can build the life you dream of. Depending on your preferences and needs, you and I may decide to work together briefly to get through a current challenge or longer-term to resolve long-standing difficulties and achieve lasting results.
Affirmative psychotherapy means that gay experiences are understood as absolute equals to straight experiences. I may be able to help you understand how homophobia in society has shaped your personal development, and from there work on establishing a more positive identity as gay man. I am committed to ensuring you’ll have an accepting and understanding experience so you can feel comfortable bringing your whole self into therapy.
I have gained specialized training and experience with gay concerns in psychotherapy, including coming out, negotiating relationships, navigating the single’s scene, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS, substance use, depression, and social anxiety. Throughout my graduate training I was active in advancing psychology graduate students’ competence in working with GLBT individuals through projects such as the Passariello Colloquium.
Whether you’re thinking about coming out now or have been out for a while; whether you’re single and trying to deal with ‘the scene’ or partnered and wish your relationship could be healthier, I’d like to help.