I utilize an Eco-Systemic Family Therapy model when working with families, individuals, and couples, in that it is important to recognize the families we came from heavily influence our individual and relational selves. Additionally, as part of the framework, I look into social dynamics and supports which can either foster negative or positive sense of self and relational dynamics.
I work with clients to help them understand their emotions as well as why they may be feeling such emotions. This includes exploring past experiences, social influence, as well as current dynamics in relationships. I provide empathy for their struggles and help them to practice communication of such emotions with others.
I work with men to understand the social dynamics which influence their sense of identity, emotional understanding, masculine expectations and norms, as well as how these influence their relationships with their signifiant others, children, family, and friends. I often create space for them to express themselves openly with another male, which I have found to be very therapeutic in itself. Additionally, I provide educational information and clinical insight into the mental health of men.
I have worked for or with many of the largest LGBTQ organizations in the Philadelphia area, including Morris Home, the Attic Youth Center, the William Way Community Center, the Mazzoni Center, Emerge Wellness, and Philadelphia Institute for Individual, Relational, and Sex Therapy (PHIIRST). I have also taught courses with a focus on LGBTQ issues, including a recent special topics course on mental health of LGBTQ individuals.