For many years of my life, I saw the body as a tool, as something mechanical. At the same time, I have always been a sensitive person. Some years ago, I became aware of the importance of changing this relationship with my body. This has been a beautiful journey, and I believe befriending your body for the information it sends us – also if it ‘lets us down’ – is a vital lesson for any of us.
This deepening embodiment, along with my desire to make a difference in the world and in people’s lives, brought me to my current path of studying body-oriented therapy – Integral Psychotherapy.
As a person, and as a therapist, I like to meet people where they are, walk with them in their struggles. I strive to practice compassion and awareness in all of my interactions.
Life is too short to spend another day at war with yourself.– Ritu Ghatourey –
Quality care for anyone who identifies with a non-mainstream sex or gender expression is vital. As a bi-/pansexual, queer, non-conformative, non-binary man myself, I feel passionate about providing therapy which is affirming of identity, and which is anti-oppressive.
As a therapist, I am also polyamory-affirmative. Sadly, many therapists lack knowledge and may have judgmental views of consensual non-monogamy. Depending on your personal situation, it may be important for you to have a therapist who is able to acknowledge how societal expectations and oppressions may affect you.
In this context, I should also note that the way in which capitalist society puts pressure on us all in varying ways, and the way in which this affects personal mental health, is worth emphasizing.