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.
Posts from the ‘Clinical Approach’ Category
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
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
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.
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.
There is an art and a science to this work. I experience the art as a kind of intuition, listening not only to what a client says openly but also listening between the lines. Sometimes this feels like I’m serving as a satellite dish, or a stethoscope, picking up emotional signals. I’ll catch a feeling that a client perhaps doesn’t yet know that he or she feels and comment on it. Then there it is, out in the open, to examine and try to understand.
An integral aspect of my training and professional identity as a psychologist has centered around the practice of group psychotherapy. In this continuing series on my experiences prior to private practice, I present highlights of my graduate training and professional experience in group therapy.