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I contributed to a roundup discussion on Vice on the best ways to handle discovery of a partner's infidelity. Thanks to freelance writer Anna Goldfarb for her intelligent, non-sensationalized moderation of a difficult topic.
Infidelity is usually is a symptom of longstanding, deeper problems, and its discovery can be an opportunity for a couple to become more curious about what's not working in the relationship that led to acting out and betraying the other...
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.
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.