About Me & My Practice
A seasoned psychoanalyst and clinical social worker (LCSW-R), I’ve been practicing since 2001. In addition to my private practice, I have years of experience working in community mental health with individuals, couples, and groups.
My certificate in psychoanalysis is from the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP). I have also trained in EMDR, an effective therapy for trauma, and am certified in Imago Therapy, a helpful method for improving communication between partners and family members.
An internationally recognized expert on gender identity, I was the first psychoanalyst to publish as openly transgender. My writing on the subject has advanced the field, appearing in several peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, The Psychoanalytic Review, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, International Journal of Transgenderism, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. My widely read article “The Masculine Vaginal: Working With Queer Men’s Embodiment at the Transgender Edge” has been translated and published in several countries, including Argentina, Germany, and Italy.
Outside of psychoanalysis, I am the author of several acclaimed books, both fiction and non-fiction.
I work well with a spectrum of typical issues, including:
- Grief and loss
- Shame and guilt
- Body image and mind-body pain
- Life transitions
- Family dynamics
- Couples & relationship difficulties
- Dissatisfaction with work
- Feeling “stuck” in life
In addition, I have many years of experience in the LGBTQ+ communities and take pride in offering a non-judgmental, affirmative space to talk about queer identities and sexualities. I specialize in working positively with:
- Gay men, lesbians, & bisexuals
- Transgender, non-binary, & gender expansive clients
- Families, friends, & significant others
- Sex workers
- Gender identity
- HIV-related concerns
- Coming out & transitioning
Finally, prior to my career as a clinician, I obtained a master’s degree in Creative Writing. I continue to write and publish, both creatively and professionally, and bring my experience as a writer to my therapy work with people in the arts. I have helped many artists, writers, and performers move through blocks in their creativity and careers.