Who I Work With

About 85% of my clients are erotic, sexual, gender and/or relational minorities. Most often, they present with problems of everyday life. Their kinky and non-monogamous lives are at various levels of awareness and organization. Erotic, sexual, gender and relationally diverse clients usually experience multiple levels of minority stress.

In this intensely personal work, it’s vital to recognize that my identities are always different from those of my clients. Psychotherapy is partly about whether real empathy bridges those differences. 

Like other healthcare professionals, psychotherapists must be competent or proficient with clients from family origins, cultures and life experiences that are very different than their own. (Clinical Social Work Code of Ethics, Section 5

The core of bias & prejudice is how we perceive people as Others: unknown, unequal, mistrusted stereotypes. A psychotherapy practice must be a safe harbor from the stifling effects of privilege, which by its nature bypasses/suppresses open dialogue.

I communicate directly about race, culture, sexuality, gender, relational choices, nationality, health status, socio-economics, and more. It means acknowledging and examining errors and inherent bias that have negative effects on mental, medical and social health. 

I develop my awareness of racism and constructing (stereotyping) anyone as an Other. Nazism destroyed my father’s eastern European Jewish family line. I’m still tracing my maternal Romanian Jewish history.

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