I am a queer cisgender male therapist specializing in issues related to sexuality, identity exploration, and substance use.
Psychotherapist in New York, NY
Supervised by Michael Crocker 055189 01/31/2024
So much of our beliefs about ourselves comes from our life experiences. When we examine our life story, we begin to understand what experiences left a mark on us for better or worse. We can begin to process those experiences safely, feel the feelings we didn't allow ourselves to feel at the time, and begin the heeling journey.
The basis for CBT is the idea that our thoughts and feelings impact our behaviors. When we begin to understand what those thoughts and feelings are, we can work to replace them with feelings and thoughts that will help us achieve the desired behavior.
My work at a substance use treatment center really instilled in me that substance use is not the problem. It is the symptom of a much bigger problem. Maybe that's feeling out of control. Maybe that's not knowing how to cope with intense emotions. Maybe it's trying to escape difficult thoughts or memories. Whatever it is, that substance is serving a purpose in your life. When we can understand what purpose it's serving, we can begin to introduce new strategies that achieve the same function.