I provide a space for people who don’t feel that they can share some part of themselves with anyone else in the world.
Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI
Supervised by Elizabeth Gonzalez, LMSW
My primary approach is Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy. This approach was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and is based on attachment theory. In sessions, we will focus on noticing and describing your emotions. We will also process how our interactions affect your emotions and how other relationships in your life affect your emotions as well. This approach can be particularly helpful for people experiencing anxiety and depression.
Many of my clients are first- or second-generation immigrants, some of whom experience stress related to cultural differences between their current and former homes. I respect clients’ decisions to find ways to honor aspects of both cultures. I am against the idea of treating white, American values as “normal” and anything else as a problem. I am also a descendant of immigrants and have the lived experience of being separated from ethnic traditions by past generations who chose to assimilate.
As a multiracial/mixed person, I have several years of experience learning about mixed race identities and racial identity development. In addition to my own lived experience, I draw on academic research, films, novels, personal accounts and more in my approach to this topic.
In addition to my lived experience as a man, much of my clinical experience has been providing therapy to men. Specific men’s issues I have encountered as a therapist include men’s experiences with body image, sexual orientation, sexual performance, friendship, marriage/dating and societal expectations. I have experience working with male survivors of abuse as well as men experiencing depression and anxiety.