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Antonio, LGBTQ Therapist in Long Island, NY

Antonio, LGBTQ therapist in Long Island, NYPronouns: He, Him
License: LMFT

I believe that when we do therapy, life is our classroom and relationships are our teachers.

In our work together we will take inventory of your life. Where are you now? What factors have contributed to your current state? What do you want your life to look like? We will work collaboratively to get you closer to that place.

As we walk through life we absorb and integrate our experiences. Often we struggle to process some experiences. That’s where I come in. I offer supportive reflection and feedback, education, and curious inquiry with the goal of guiding you through what causes you distress.

I work with couples facing infidelity, those working on communication, and couples rebuilding their connection. I use Imago Therapy, Gottman Method, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy approaches.

With individuals I work with a multitude of topics such as navigating difficult relationships; distressing emotions such as shame and regret; spirituality; sexuality; sexual and substance addiction; overcoming trauma; anxiety; depression, and workplace stressors. I also have a passion for coaching individuals on creative endeavors, leadership, and business issues.

I attended New York University for my undergraduate degree in Research in Applied Psychology and Child/Adolescent Development. I became a Certified Yoga Instructor and Reiki Practitioner after studying Organizational Psychology at Hofstra University, before ultimately becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

Therapy is about learning, healing, and growth. Finding the right therapeutic relationship is a key factor. Reach out for a consultation!

Q&A with Antonio

What’s one thing you wish more people knew about mental health?
The mind is the most malleable part of the human experience.

Therapy can involve setting boundaries. What tips do you have for setting healthy boundaries?
You can ask someone to respect your boundaries until you are in the blue in the face. Setting a boundary can be a silent act.

What is a helpful coping skill for dealing with shame?
Speaking with someone you trust about it. Secrets keep us sick!

What advice would you give to someone hesitant about starting therapy?
You can go to the store and look for a pair of shoes (or ten), even try them on, and you can still leave the store without shoes.

What’s one thing you wish more people understood about the importance of mental health maintenance?
Therapy isn’t “bad.” People in therapy aren’t “weak.” If someone hires a personal trainer at the gym, do we chastise or cast judgment upon them? Much like a personal trainer, a therapist helps strengthen muscles (neurological pathways) with intention.

What is your greatest strength as a therapist?
Having done the work myself. I’ve been in their place, so I get it.

In therapy, we explore emotions. Which emotions do you notice people struggling with the most?
Fear, typically codified as anxiety.

In your opinion, what’s the most crucial aspect of a successful therapeutic relationship?
Trust and authenticity. Who wants a therapist that you aren’t sure you can trust to hold space for your vulnerabilities and thought processes that cause you distress?

Share a book or resource that has significantly influenced your perspective on mental health.
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life, by Marilee Adams

Share one small change that’s had a big impact on your mental well-being.
When I finally decided to give myself grace everything changed.

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