“I specialize in helping LGBTQ+ people move into the next phase of their personal and professional lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My interest in becoming a therapist began with my own personal counseling experience when I was coming out as a young gay man in the mid-1980s during the height of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. This inspired me to become a clinical social worker dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ community. For the past 25 years, I have worked as a senior public health advisor to the federal government, working closely with some of the world’s leading experts on mental health and addiction. These experiences have continually informed my practice to ensure it reflects our most current understanding of human behavior.
What should someone know about working with you?
Just like physical fitness trains our bodies, mental fitness trains our brains to help us respond to life's challenges with a positive mindset to improve performance, lower stress, and build healthy relationships. I specialize in helping LGBTQ+ people move into the next phase of their personal and professional lives. I promise to provide you with a short-term, customized counseling experience that is satisfying, respectful, and evidence-based. Therapy is a partnership and I look forward to partnering with you to get everything you deserve out of a full, satisfying life. It's too short to want anything less.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am fortunate to have worked closely with some of the world's most foremost scientists in the field of mental health and addiction. This has allowed me to remain current on cutting-edge knowledge to continually inform my practice. I am always seeking ways to expand my reach and impact. Recently, I completed a certificate in executive coaching to learn ways to broaden my skill base and apply it to the workplace.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was raised by two caring parents who deeply valued public service. My mother worked as an elementary school teacher and my father worked for the US Postal Service. This value of service to others, along with respect, caring, and empathy, is at the foundation of my approach to counseling. I have found these qualities to be powerful tools to help heal, inspire, and motivate healthy change.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Having worked for many years in medical research, I have seen the emergence of amazing technologies, like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and digital therapeutics, applied to treat — and perhaps ultimately cure — mental illness and substance use disorders.
“I promise to provide you with a short-term, customized counseling experience that is satisfying, respectful, and evidence-based.”