Tag Archives: mental health

June 25

Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy

A high priority for many gay men is to find a psychologist who knows and understands your world. Psychotherapy works best when you feel free to talk about everything. I’m committed to ensuring you’ll have an accepting and understanding experience so you can feel comfortable bringing your whole self into therapy.

Gay affirmative therapy takes the perspective that gay and straight people are absolute equals, but the world is not organized to recognize that fact. Growing up in a homophobic world is traumatic and invalidating in both overt and subtle ways. Taking in homophobic attitudes from family, school, and the world at large can have a negative impact on personal growth and development. The aftermath may include low self-esteem, social anxiety, depression, and difficulty with trust.

June 23

Increasing Relationship Satisfaction for Gay Men

Relationship concerns are among the most common reasons gay men seek help from psychotherapy. This holds true both for single men who are having difficulty forming relationships and partnered men experiencing an impasse in their relationship. As part of a collection of posts on gay men’s mental health, I would like to share some thoughts on relationship issues from both a psychoanalytic perspective and from the perspective of developmental and cultural factors particular to gay men.

May 23

Coming Soon

ChelseaTherapy.com is the microsite for the gay affirmative psychotherapy specialty area of my practice. In recognition of this year’s Pride, I’ll be posting additional content on specific mental health issues for gay men, including:
social anxiety, coming out, relationships, overcoming shame & internalized homophobia, integration of social & sexual identities, and more.