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.
Many of us experience depression, isolation, or anxiety at least once in our lives. Members of the LGBTQ community are especially vulnerable because of the pain of living in a world that often isn’t welcoming or supportive. Perhaps the biggest influences on my work are my struggles with coming out in my late 20s and coping with my feelings of isolation.
Now in my 40s, I help people free up energy that went to depression and anxiety and use it to achieve what is important to them. My therapy approach is warm, engaging, strength-based and insight-oriented.
Whether you feel unfulfilled in your relationships or career, or use substances, food, or sex to cope with uncomfortable feelings, I can assist you in creating lasting change. If you are in a relationship that is in distress, I can help you improve your connection. One of my specialties is helping gay couples become attuned and responsive to each other in order to re-establish their emotional connection. With this emotional connection restored, couples can heal a distressed relationship, revitalize a tired one, and possibly rescue one gone awry.
I have extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy including specific training in working with LGBT couples. I completed much of my training at New Leaf Services, one of the first mental health service providers for the LGBT community in the nation. I have years of experience working as substance abuse counselor, and running recovery as well as coming out groups.
I’ve also trained and supervised many therapists on the treatment of eating disorders, and have led trainings on body image and gay men.
I majored in Psychology and Anthropology at Southern Illinois University and have a Masters in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. Like many of my fellow Los Angeleans I am passionate about creativity and the performing arts, and before I became a psychotherapist I was an actor and musician.