[SPOILER ALERT: SOME PLOT POINTS REVEALED] For readers who are unfamiliar with this series, “Shrink at the Movies” is a not-very-consistent string of essays (ponderings, I like to call them) from my point of view as both a licensed psychotherapist in California (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or LCSW) and as a life-long movie fan. Being … Read moreGay Therapist Reviews “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016): Shrink at the Movies
Have you been bothered by having nightmares or bad dreams? Today I wanted to write about gay men and sleep, and coping with nightmares. This comes up frequently either with clients in my office, or when I do online counseling or coaching for gay men all over the country, or the world. Yesterday in my … Read moreGay Men and Sleep: Coping with Nightmares
If you’re like me, you can’t go to the gym without your music. I derive inspiration, energy, and stamina from my personal selections of playlists to energize my entire fitness routine. At home, I will put on music when I have to do some mindless but nevertheless necessary chore. And when I’m feeling not-so-great, physically … Read moreSelf-Empowerment Through Music: The ‘Power Playlist’
One of the most common themes I see in my office doing counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching with gay male individuals and gay couples is that of low self-esteem and low self-confidence. It’s not surprising; as little gay boys, we get exposed to anti-gay messages outright, or at least to the “invisibility” that comes with the … Read moreGay Therapists Gives Tips on How Gay Men Build Confidence
In psychotherapy and coaching sessions with my gay male clients every day, I’ve noticed lately that a frequent focus is about work issues. This makes sense, given that the news and current events atmosphere has focused on a volatile political and economic climate: we get bombarded with news daily, from everything from Facebook to newspaper … Read moreGay Men’s Careers: The Importance of Focus and Hope in Your Work
As the first activities in the 2012 election season begin with events like the recent Republican Iowa Straw Poll, I have noticed an increase in reported stress in my daily practice of therapy with gay men. It seems that the rhetoric in the news daily is an irritant to the men I work with in … Read moreGay Men’s Mental Health in the Current Political Climate: A Lesson in Hope and Resilience
Gay Men Conquering Anxiety: Think about how you’ve been feeling lately. Felt any anxiety? If no, perhaps get another cup of coffee, read another blog, or go back to work. 🙂 But my guess is, yes, you have felt at least some anxiety about something in relatively recent times. Like maybe this morning. I … Read moreGay Men Conquering Anxiety with… Probability??
While the current economic recession may spare many of us as gay men, who are often considered an “affluent” segment of society, it will ensnare others. Even the threat of being affected by the recession is enough to cause anxiety, but for those who are laid off, have a partner who is, or who have … Read moreManaging Recession Anxiety: How to Cope with Layoff