MA, LHMC (he/him/y'all)
Who are you?
I am a gay, white cisgender male who has lived in New York City for over 15 years. I am engaged to be married, able-bodied, agnostic yet interested in spirituality (and especially astrology — shout out to all my Leo/Virgos out there!) I've lived all over the country (and outside of it) before settling in NYC, and I’ve always been an avid traveler. Both of these experiences profoundly inform who I am and helped me appreciate the need for a multicultural approach to therapy.
What made you become a therapist?
l’m fascinated by people’s stories. My undergraduate degree was in film and television production (as well as psychology) and I worked for many years making documentary television — shows for Discovery, Travel Channel, and Animal Planet. In this capacity I interviewed a wide variety of people, including survivors of crimes, academics, people suffering from physical and mental health maladies; and even serial killers! In doing so, I came to understand the power of the narratives we create about our lives. I eventually decided to use this experience to help people create new narratives, find new roles, and write new scripts.
What’s your therapeutic style?
What are your areas of expertise?
While I work with all mental health issues (anxiety, depression, anger-management, etc.), I do so through a trauma-informed lens, as that has been my main area of focus and training, both here and abroad (I trained at a refugee center in East Africa). I also specialize in issues of identity, gender and sexuality, self-acceptance and body image.
What populations do you specialize in?
What are your fees per session?
I charge $225 for individual therapy and $275 for relationship therapy. Limited sliding scale fee slots available.
What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic alliance/relationship?
I think it’s important to show that we as therapists are human too. I am not perfect; I also struggle. And to show this, I prefer not to be a “blank slate,” but to share myself and who I am (if you want to know).
What do you love most about being a mental health professional?
Oh gosh, so many things. Perhaps mostly, that I get to understand such diverse groups of people a little better every day — I get to learn about not just their lives, but the way they see things, feel things, experience things. To share that with them is such an honor and a blessing.