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 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.
As a gay man growing up in a heteronormative society and family, it took time, patience, and a lot of self-compassion to combat the shame and stigma I once internalized. I’ve had to do, and continue to do, a lot of exploration on how growing up as a first generation Portuguese-American boy has impacted my development as a gay man.
Coming from an immigrant family, I had to identify what was expected of me and learn to grow as an individual within an immigrant mentality, which was no easy task. I hope to help others in the LGBTQ community identify the expectations, pressures and demands you feel and to identify your own wants, aspirations, goals and truer authentic self.
My specialties include:
• Alcohol and drug abuse, especially the methamphetamine epidemic and its impact on the LGBT community.
• Relationship issues, concerns of isolation, boredom and feeling apart from others
• Issues around depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or self worth.
• Concerns surrounding the coming out process, newly HIV + diagnosis, and grief and loss.
I graduated from The Columbia University School of Social Work and had additional, intensive post-graduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as a certification in Integrated Harm Reduction Psychotherapy for people with concerns about drug and alcohol problems. I believe you’ll find my warm, empathic and compassionate style helpful in creating an impactful therapeutic relationship.