Juan Olmedo, LCSW

License #080639-1

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 you get through, and grow through, difficult times. 

In my twenties, I had a goal to work on myself and build my identity as a gay man. So many of us in the LGBTQ community have been exposed to shame and stigma and as a result we can struggle to develop and maintain relationships that bring out our best. It can be hard to genuinely connect to our needs—emotional, physical, social, spiritual—if you’re accustomed to denying yourself or taking care of others instead. In my own life, and in my years of advanced training, I’ve learned the important tools needed to make positive personal change.

My first goal is to build a therapeutic relationship with you based on trust and safety. This allows us to explore barriers to finding and nurturing relationships in all the important areas: partner relationships, friendships and family. Here's a blog post I wrote with tips on communication for couples.

One thing I’ve noticed in my work in the LGBTQ community in New York is how many of us are impacted by anxiety, whether it’s worry, preoccupation, obsessive thinking or full on panic. There is much in life in the big city to worry about: relationships, living with HIV, finding satisfaction in your work, staying HIV-negative or keeping alcohol or drug use under control. I can help you build the skills to manage these challenges better. 

I’m a graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work where I obtained my Masters in Social Work, and I’ve completed the two-year program in contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. I often give lectures on HIV prevention and on the harm reduction approach to drug abuse. 

I believe I can help you make changes to achieve your goals. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Questions? Emailcall or text the Gay Therapy Center at 415-795-2935