I am a gay/queer identified, white, cis-male who came out as a teenager in the late ‘70s. Being an out gay man for 30yrs in San Francisco has shaped my identity and informs the work that I do. Despite all it’s problems, I love the SF Bay Area and the mountains and outdoors of California. I am an avid skier, mountain biker, and hiker/backpacker. I also enjoy all that the urban environment offers, especially dance performance, dance/music events and street fairs/celebrations. I am an experienced Burner who understands and appreciates the year round culture that Burning Man has brought to the Bay Area.
Experience and Qualifications:
I have worked in mental health settings for my entire career. I work with all adults 18yrs. and older in individual and couples therapy. I have worked with a wide range of client populations, symptoms and issues. I have extensive experience in short-term therapy and am good at keeping the therapy focused on the task at hand once goals have been collaboratively set. I really enjoy getting to know the individual strengths and needs of each client and adapting my approach to be as effective as possible.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 1996, and a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) since 1990.
I draw on a wide range of techniques and strategies including:
Areas of Interest/Expertise:
Although I am a generalist and love working with clients from all backgrounds, I am especially interested in LGBTQ issues. I enjoy working with lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender clients to help them on their path to feeling good about who they are, their bodies, and their sexuality. In particular I am well versed in many issues that come up in LGBTQ relationships:
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT):
DMT is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a tool to further the integration of body and mind”. I use dance and movement in therapy as appropriate as an additional avenue for self-exploration, self-awareness and healing. I welcome clients who may want or need to get out of their chair and move during therapy.
I consider the Trans community as part of my community and have worked directly with trans identified people since 2004. I worked for two and a half years in the Multi-Specialty Transitions Department at Kaiser, a clinic dedicated to consultation and support for those seeking gender affirming services. I welcome trans and gender non-conforming people into my practice.
Latino Community Work
Spanish is a second language for me and I have dedicated years of experience working with and advocating for appropriate mental health resources for the Latino Community.
I have worked with people of all genders and relationship status about their sexuality, needs, and problems that may arise, including sexual dysfunction and problematic sexual behaviors. My approach is sex positive and works to decrease shame, increase sexual health, and normalize the wide range of sexual possibilities.