As a gay man I have had to learn to reject my internal negative thoughts as well as the external pressures to conform to societal expectations. Being gay at the peak of the AIDS crisis had a profound impact on me, and led to my decision to become a psychotherapist as well as an activist. Successfully navigating these challenges has helped me guide others through their own difficulties.Read More
My counseling career started in 5th grade when I wrote a parody of “Dear Abby’s” column entitled “Dear Bart.” I‘ve always loved helping people establish relationships with themselves and others that are rewarding and secure.Read More
My work is especially pragmatic and results-oriented. I’m an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is particularly effective in helping clients overcome anxiety, worry, and depression in a relatively short period of time. I also enjoy helping many people reduce work stress and manage major life transitions.Read More
It is so important to feel heard and understood by your therapist. As a gay man, I have sat on the client side of the office and found myself wondering if my therapist really understood what it is like to grow up gay in a world with such strong heteronormative values. I strive to create a space for my clients that helps them explore their thoughts and feelings…Read More
Choosing a therapist is about getting the ‘right’ fit between you and the therapist. As a highly trained psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience, I work with a diverse group of people wanting to explore aspects about themselves on a deeper, more meaningful level. Together in the therapy, we’ll explore the tough questions you have about yourself, your relationships, hopes, dreams and whatever gets you stuck in life and how to manage these conflicts.Read More
No one's life is perfect and everyone's got issues.
So why choose therapy?
There are times when you find yourself in the same frustrating or painful situation, or when you want to make a change but don't know how. That’s when therapy can help. With my expertise, training and 15 years of experience helping people, I can help get you through, and grow through, difficult times.Read More
I became a therapist because I find it a tremendous privilege to accompany another on their journey of transformation. My practice is firmly rooted in the belief that psychotherapy can empower you to encounter the fullest, healthiest and most complete version of yourself, and I will offer you compassion, insight and support through that process.Read More
We all experience problems in our own unique way. Overwhelming feelings, sabotaging behaviors, addictions, and unhealthy relationship patterns can prevent us from discovering our potential for a life rich with joy, meaning, and love. You're not alone. I'm here to support you as we explore what's working in your life, what isn't, and build a solid foundation that will help you discover yourself and achieve the life and relationships you want.Read More
As LGBT people we often need to build a new relationship with ourselves that is different from the one imposed upon us when we were younger, without shame and guilt.
The experience of growing up LGBT impacts our relationships with our friends, our career, our family, our romantic partners, and ourselves. Therapy helps us be less critical and judgmental of ourselves and the world around us, which ultimately makes the world a much more enjoyable place to be.
As a therapist I strive to provide insightful and challenging interventions to help clients understand themselves and their relationships with others. I can show you how to be more curious, reflective and compassionate with life’s moments, and to engage in the present rather than dwelling in the past, or projecting onto the future.Read More
Group therapy can be a powerful modality for gay men. Many of us did not have experiences in childhood that helped us learn how to make connections easily because we were taught we had to hide our true selves. That common experience among gay men is binding.
Through group therapy, we can “come out” fully and allow ourselves to be fully seen.Read More
I help my clients gain momentum toward the life they want—in every session. Many of my clients come to me because they feel stuck, alone or helpless. Many have thoughts they can’t manage, thoughts they know get in the way of feeling secure and whole. My clients are ready to take action to help themselves, even when past efforts have left them feeling hopeless.Read More
I believe that while joy is part of the human experience, so is struggle, and that what we do with our struggle determines our ability to grow. One of the things we all need to move through challenges is a safe and loving place to share what is really going on.Read More
My clients tell me I have a knack for making them feel comfortable talking about any issue they are struggling with. With ten years of experience counseling couples, I assist them in deepening their awareness of the underlying emotions that may be causing conflict in the relationship.Read More
New Oakland Office
I’ve been a psychotherapist since 2001, supporting the LGBTQ community as a clinician and as social justice advocate.
Before joining the Gay Therapy Center I was the Director of the UCSF LGBT Resource Center, providing advocacy, training, and support to the campus and medical community on gender identity and sexual orientation issues.Read More
For years I dreamed of creating an organization that would help combat the negative messages that LGBT people receive about themselves. The Center is designed to help us heal from those influences.
For over ten years I’ve devoted my career as a therapist to working primarily with LGBT people. I spend about half of my time working with individuals and half my time working with couples.Read More