Revolutionary psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Harry Stack Sullivan said "We are all much more simply human than otherwise." In that spirit, I work with people of diverse backgrounds to address a wide range of issues. Among these, I have acquired particular experience and expertise in the following areas:
As a gay man myself, I understand how LGBTQ individuals often struggle with the same issues as everyone else, but in unique ways; and how at other times, we struggle with issues that other people may never have to face. I have many years of experience working with the LGBTQ population in various capacities. In my practice, I have helped people address issues related to coming out, identity, dating & relationships, sex, family conflicts, work & career, culture, and health. Outside my practice, I am active with LGBTQ professional and advocacy groups, and I bring my insights from this work to my psychotherapeutic approach.
I am also Hispanic and have a special interest in working with people who are immigrants to the United States or the children of immigrants. Migrating from another country is a life-changing experience that shapes the lives of the migrator and future generations. Therefore, whether or not your presenting problem is directly related to your migration and cultural background, it is important to speak to someone who understands the unique factors that shape your life. I have personal and professional experience with issues related to language, culture shock, cultural adjustment, cross-generational differences, legal & visa status, home sickness, and family issues. As a native speaker, I also offer therapy in Spanish for those seeking it.
Eating & Body image problems
Addressing an eating disorder or body image problem can be difficult and frightening, requiring the help of someone with special training who understands these issues the way others may not. I have extensive training and experience with the full range of problems in this area, from mild body image and dieting concerns to chronic and severe anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. I also have experience helping individuals transitioning into or out of inpatient, residential, and/or intensive outpatient treatment. My approach is to treat you as whole person rather than a set of symptoms and behaviors, which leads to deeper and more lasting change. I also take a team approach, helping you connect with expert dieticians, psychiatrists, and primary care physicians and collaborating with them on your total care.
COUPLES & family therapy
When we are in crisis in our relationships, the hardest thing to do is ask for outside help. But it is honorable and kind, not shameful, to take steps to improve relationships that have fallen into dysfunction. Therapy helps you identify problematic patterns and implement new ways of addressing normal issues so that they do not turn into crises. I have particular experience helping couples and families with issues related to staying together or breaking up; living arrangements; money; commitment; open relationships; substance abuse; career advancement issues; and sexual orientation issues. My approach stays away from assigning blame and focuses on exploring shared responsibility for maintaining as well as resolving problems.