Areas of Expertise
I'm a Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Advanced Alcohol + Drug Counselor in Pennsylvania. In my previous career I was a fashion designer in New York City with an interest in holistic wellness. My personal growth and healing journey led me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I started my first health coaching business in 2010. Supporting clients with nutrition and lifestyle changes, and passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community, I then completed my Masters degree at Rutgers University with specialization in addictions to also practice therapy.
Based in Philadelphia, I have experience in mental health and substance abuse at various settings, and launched the first Intensive Outpatient Program at a premier LGBTQ+ health center here. Though I'm experienced and knowledgable supporting the diversity of our community, I am also cognizant of my lived experience as a cisgender gay male.
+ Individuals + Partners + Groups
I have an eclectic, integrative style, utilizing evidence-based practices and techniques from various therapeutic approaches I have training in, as appropriate: Relational, Humanistic, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, and Motivational Interviewing. I am trauma-informed, apply intersectional, feminist, and body and sex positive lenses, and incorporate harm reduction principles.
Below are some issues I offer support with in live or online sessions:
+ Identity + Sexuality
+ Behavior Change + Substance Use + Trauma
+ Anxiety + Depression
+ Relationships + Communication + Intimacy
+ Life Transitions + Career + Stress
+ Body Image
Though there may be some similarities, coaching is different than therapy. Some topics may be more appropriate for therapy and the range and scope in coaching is more focused with a limited frequency and duration. Below are some areas of focus:
+ Nutrition + Lifestyle Changes + Self-Care
+ Entrepreneurship + Career Transition + Creativity
Consulting + Speaking
I led the launch of the first substance abuse IOP program at a premier LGBTQ+ health center in Philadelphia, and in addition to developing curriculum and delivering psychoeducation, I presented and organized a professional training event. With my first health coaching business in 2010, I hosted presentations, workshops, and events, and cofounded a spirituality group for gay men. I have volunteered with GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) as a trainer working with students and faculty, as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters in their Gender + Sexuality Alliance program, and served on the board of a local LGBTQ+ sports organization.
Whether you're in the media, a treatment provider, practitioner, small business, corporation, ERG, affinity group, or other entity, let's discuss how we can support the wellness of the LGBTQ+ community together!