In addition to my ongoing supervisory role within the Counseling Psychology program, I am pleased to join the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Starting in the Spring semester 2014, I will be teaching the Fieldwork in Applied Psychology course to masters-level graduate students. This course provides students the opportunity to gain supervised experience working in a wide range of field placements throughout the city. Fieldwork sites may involve clinical practice, assessment, and/or research in clinical psychology.
Posts from the ‘Expertise’ Category
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.
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.
My ambition to become a psychologist traces back to my first experience in psychotherapy as an adolescent. The psychologist I saw then not only helped me during a turbulent time in my life, but her example allowed me to imagine that I could develop the capacity to work in the kinds of ways she did, helping me to make connections among my experiences while offering guidance in an empathetic, caring manner.
Some of the strongest, most resilient people I have met are those who live with conditions such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and severe personality disorders. I have experience practicing psychotherapy with clients who struggle with severe emotional conditions in both inpatient and outpatient continuing day treatment settings, as well as private practice.
June 2013: This post has been substantially updated here: http://chelseatherapy.com/2013/06/09/coming-out/
Coming out is usually not a single day marked in red on the calendar. It’s a process that unfolds over time, involving multiple changes in how you relate to yourself, other people, and the world around you. Each individual’s coming out story is unique, and therapy may help you author that story in ways that feel most authentic and comfortable to you.