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Outline of Clinical Interests and Expertise

A new page has been added briefly outlining major areas of focus for my practice, including populations, problems/concerns, clinical approach, and modalities of treatment. Part site map in progress, part mission statement, this outline is developing here: drgeoffreysteinberg.com/Expertise.

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TherapySafetyNet featured in Frommer’s NYC Free & Dirt Cheap, 5th Edition

I just noticed TherapySafetyNet was included in Frommer's NYC Free & Dirt Cheap, 5th Edition (2013) by Ethan Wolff. I founded TherapySafetyNet in 2007 to address the needs of uninsured New Yorkers. While we are currently winding down our operations because our mission has been fulfilled by the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I'm so pleased to see TherapySafetyNet receive this kind of attention in print, and hope that our presence in Frommer's will help uninsured New Yorkers find affordable care--whether by way of TherapySafetyNet through the end of 2013, or the New York State of Health thereafter.

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Insurance premium rates approved for 2014 New York Health Benefit Exchange

After six years trying to help uninsured New Yorkers through my role directing TherapySafetyNet, there's light at the end of the tunnel: Solid plans at affordable premiums with mental health coverage included by law. Enrollment in New York's Health Benefit Exchange begins in October 2013. // Full post at TherapySafetyNet.org

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New ChelseaTherapy.com post: Increasing relationship satisfaction for gay men

Relationship concerns are among the most common reasons gay men seek help from psychotherapy. This holds true both for single men who are having difficulty forming relationships and partnered men experiencing an impasse in their relationship. As part of a collection of posts on gay men’s mental health, I would like to share some thoughts on relationship issues from both a psychoanalytic perspective and from the perspective of developmental and cultural factors particular to gay men.... Continue reading the full post at chelseatherapy.com/relationships

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New ChelseaTherapy.com post: Coming out

I think of coming out as not simply solving a problem, but rather making a developmental leap toward becoming your true self. While many commonalities exist among coming out stories, each person’s experience is unique to the emotional, interpersonal, and cultural contexts in which they are embedded. Going through a process of recognizing the internal and external forces that held you back, while building the strengths to overcome such adversity, can be personally transformative in ways that often supersede the initial problem of being closeted... Continue reading the full post at chelseatherapy.com

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New ChelseaTherapy.com post: Integration of social & sexual identities for gay men

If you think back to when you were in the closet, you may remember how important it seemed to keep your feelings of attraction hidden. Alternatively, your mind may have protected you from the stress of hiding by repressing your sexual feelings, making them unknown to yourself. Significant anxiety typically accompanies either hiding or repressing sexual feelings, due to the fear that others might detect and judge your true desires, or that those desires that a part of you deemed unacceptable might break through into your conscious awareness.

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New post on ChelseaTherapy.com: Social Anxiety and Gay Men

Social anxiety is one of the most frequent concerns I encounter among gay men in my practice. It makes sense if you think about it. Prior to coming out, most of us feared others would reject us if they knew the truth about who we are. Unfortunately, for those whose families did reject them or whose peers bullied them because of their sexual identity, this fear proved to be accurate.

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Coming Soon

ChelseaTherapy.com is the microsite for the gay affirmative psychotherapy specialty area of my practice. In recognition of this year’s Pride, I’ll be posting additional content on specific mental health issues for gay men, including: social anxiety, coming out, relationships, overcoming shame & internalized homophobia, integration of social & sexual identities, and more. Select the Follow dialog at lower right to subscribe for updates throughout June.

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Thirty Years of the Antioch University New England Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

This past weekend--a fast drive north to New Hampshire for my alma mater's 30 year anniversary celebration. I owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude to the clinical psychology program faculty who remain rock solid points of reference in my professional life.

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New York’s Gun Law Changes: Negligible Impact on Privacy in Private Practice Settings

In January 2013, New York State passed significant changes to its gun control law that impact mental health care in several ways, but should result in a negligible impact on psychotherapy in private practice settings. The new law is the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013, known as the NY SAFE Act. The governor's website now includes a summary of the law's key provisions and frequently asked questions. The full text of the law may be found here.

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