Licensed as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage & Family Therapist, my dual training & experience has helped many clients for years.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR
I've been an out and proud gay man most of my adult life, and began working with the LGBTQ community as an intern therapist decades ago. Typically more than half of my practice is peopled by LGBTQ individuals and couples. Even in this more progressive culture, our community still faces systemic prejudice that damages us and inhibits our full potential. I understand how important it can be to sit across from someone with shared, personal experience. There is nothing more vital in all therapy work than to feel safe, heard and understood by your therapist. We who are LGBTQ identified are not defined by our orientation but are inextricably affected by how we interact within the dominant culture. As a gay man and a therapist, I know how isolating and challenging a minority identification can be. I also know, conversely, how enormously valuable it can be to work with a therapist that you feel has walked in your shoes and enables you to feel more safe, trusting and truly supported.