I identify as a white, Jewish, cisgender male, with pronouns he/him/his. I view my role as a therapist, first and foremost, as being present with you and empathizing with what you’re dealing with. It is my strong belief that part of creating an essential bond of trust is being my authentic self with you. I’m not here to tell you what to do, I’m here to use my skills and knowledge to help you understand what’s happening in your mind and body, and find your power and healing. You are the expert on you, and in this process, we will learn from each other. Part of that requires awareness of the power in the room, and as a white cisgender male in this field, ensuring an anti-oppressive approach that affirms your identity.
To me, a person is given a certain context (a family, a culture, a neighborhood, a school or workplace, a country), and their truest self lives in the decisions they’ve made and actions they’ve taken within that context. Working with you requires understanding the forces that have influenced and shaped you, and finding healing involves understanding how you respond to, and can change, those environments. In therapeutic lingo, that sometimes involves some Liberation Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. There is no one-size-fits-all. You’re a unique person, and your therapy should uniquely match your needs.