Individual Therapy

“The problem is the problem, the person is not the problem.“– Michael White and David Epston


I use an integrative, strength-based approach to therapy that allows me to see you as the expert on your own life. When you and I work together, I will listen as you share your problem story and collaborate with you to determine goals for our sessions.


Many times problem affecting you are socially constructed; you feel limited by familial, societal and cultural norms. The “shoulds” trigger emotions of anxiety, shame, denial, fear of judgment and fear of failure; these emotions keep you stuck. Together, we will identify ways your values, knowledge and strengths help you confront the problem triggering these emotions. I will help you see yourself as separate from the problem; reflecting on your experiences to identify unique outcomes, instances you successfully avoided “stuckness” in the face of the problem, and use these examples to determine your role in a new, preferred story.


Other times you may be facing the result of trauma and loss; problems affecting you with feelings of hopelessness, depression, guilt and low self-worth. I will use a more directive, cognitive-based approach to confront and reduce the harmful effects of trauma and loss, in addition to a focus on resiliency, strengths and values. My education and experience working with trauma, and advanced training in bereavement and traumatic grief allow me to help you create space for safety, stability, and increased self-worth while developing a new sense of “normal.” Our work together may include outside group resources that help re-establish a sense of normalcy.


Alcohol, drugs, food and sex are examples of ways you may be self-soothing when faced with effects of life’s stressors, especially trauma and loss. Addiction becomes the elephant in the room along with thoughts of suicide, self-harm, isolation and behavior that amplifies the damaging effects of trauma. I will support you by addressing harmful self-soothing behavior with a values and strengths-based motivational interviewing approach, combined with a harm-reduction model of therapy which may include outside resources to address addiction and harmful behavior as well as group resources.


As an older member of the LGBTQ+ community, I spent 34 years in the closet; I know how it feels to lose loved ones to HIV and experience toxic shame and low self-worth as the result of my inability to live openly, authentically as a gay man. I will enter our work together from an affirmative, strength based approach that honors your experiences, lack of mirroring and unmet attachment needs. We will identify your strengths in confronting adversity as a member of this community and support your goals for the future to live, love and thrive authentically.

960 E. Green Street, Suite 280
Pasadena, CA 91106
(213) 706-7849

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