Work with a therapist who is genuine, warm, proficient, and who will help you explore difficult issues while also feeling safe and supported
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA
No matter how long we have been out or accepting of our sexual orientation, coming out can seem like a process that never ends, and that can even hold potential danger. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I understand and support every individual’s unique path to feeling accepted, loved, and comfortable in their own skin. There is no one way to make this journey but being supported by a compassionate therapist can provide a safe, satisfying and supportive experience. You are not alone.
We all wish that grief would pass more quickly, and that loss would not be felt so deeply, but we cannot control how strongly we feel these difficult emotions. The power that we can develop, with the support of a skillful therapist such as myself who was formerly a hospice social worker, is to learn to let the process unfold as it is meant to, and to diminish efforts to resist it. The pain will gradually lessen, but it nearly always takes time.
I have been trained in and have been utilizing CBT for all 20 years that I have been practicing in San Diego, and find that the results are both measurable and long-lasting. The intersection between thoughts, feelings, and behavior are important for clients to explore in-depth, which can result in them finding connections and explanations that allow them to move forward and to grow as they desire to. CBT has an extensive history of providing meaningful results for clients.
Mindfulness provides many benefits that can often be overlooked in our busy and frenetic world. Rather than focusing on the anxious thoughts of what the future may hold, or depressive ruminations about the past, mindfulness continually brings us back to the present moment, to the breath, to NOW. This simple concept, routinely and deliberately applied, produces relief from living everywhere but in the current moment. In conjunction with other effective treatments it can truly help.
Motivational interviewing assists clients to effectively examine the underlying beliefs related to their addictive behaviors, and their challenges with moving forward in recovery. This can help to identify the necessary skills and motivation to help to reduce the harm that misuse of substances or negative addictive behaviors such as gambling can cause. Recovery is a process, not just a goal, and being skillfully assisted on this journey can produce desired and lasting benefits.
I have wide-ranging experience working with men's issues, including concerns related to masculinity and gender roles, issues of identity, connecting with loved ones, and learning to express emotions in a healthy way, which as men we are not usually encouraged to do. As men we also have often received inadequate modeling or training in emotion regulation, communication skills, intimacy, or expressing grief. We may feel inadequate in these areas but aren’t sure how to improve our abilities.