MAssociate Marriage & Family Therapist #100960
Supervised by Rob Schene, LMFT #52765
Maybe you're reading this because there's some part of you that feels out of balance, isolated, or disconnected and lonely. For many reasons, connection and community can feel risky, vulnerable, and intimidating. Sometimes you’re so depressed, sad, or angry, it’s hard to share with friends or family. What will they think? All they want to do is “fix it” or cheer you up. You feel isolated and shut down--maybe numb. Over time, coping strategies that once worked bring less relief. Alcohol, substances, sex, and porn…what seemed like fun now feels like an endless cycle of isolation. I specialize in issues with intimacy, sexuality, relationships, and problematic sexual behaviors (porn addiction, sexual compulsivity.) And I get it--these topics can feel embarrassing or shaming. Exploring what your needs are can be challenging and it can be profoundly rewarding.
How will therapy help? That’s such a great question! We probably all know someone who’s been in therapy and told us their version. In therapy you can find meaning in what feels frightening, overwhelming, or unknowable. [SPOILER ALERT] I’ll probably ask about your mother...and your family. How you developed affects how you relate to the world today. With that in mind, you can change self-defeating behaviors and patterns. You want to connect with people again. With this work, you can transform your life in lasting ways...and make changes that feel out of reach today.
Why work with me? As a fifty-three year old gay male therapist my academic, personal and professional life experience offers me unique perspective, understanding, and compassion. In addition to one-on-one therapy, I am experienced in both couples and group therapy. When we’re in a session together, you may notice that sessions feel intense and safe at the same time. You can expect me to be curious, respectful, and above all non-judgmental. I am gentle and direct. My clients tend to trust me even when they have a hard time trusting others.