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Feelings – what do you do about them?

Multiple lanes of cars in traffic as day gets darker showing inconvenience of drivingUncertainty and worry are common feelings but are often left ignored.

When there’s anxiety about who you are, or uncertainty about who you want to be with, it doesn’t feel good. Your stomach is tight and so is your chest. Breathing deeply is impossible, and self-care seems stupid.

Restful sleep is long gone, with many nights spent tossing. Waking up is a chore.

“Is this what life is supposed to be like?” you wonder. No, it can actually be better. You know that, but how do you get there?

You’ve only been following what society has told you is right. But things seem out of place. You met someone who is great, but it doesn’t feel right.

You’re tired of stress, and stress makes you tired. People important to you become concerned, and this bothers you as this worry only amplifies your anxiety.

Compassion, kindness, and gratitude seem impossible. Sure, you can plan for them and try, but it doesn’t always work.

“What about those people who seem so calm all the time?” – you might wonder. What do they do?

Be heard and understood; let me listen and guide you.

Water and rocks showing the symbolic promise of a new dayDiscover what you always knew was possible by reaching out for guidance. Compassion, kindness, and validation are within reach. You have these qualities within you.

Simple things can seem complex.

Rod* had once felt unhappy as he wasn’t yet confident in his identity. He felt awkward and afraid of taking the wrong step. Rod didn’t realize there wasn’t truly a wrong step, and that the grey area of other choices would liberate him.

You have unique needs and deserve someone who will listen and tailor therapy to you.

No need to prepare in any formal way. Simply find out more by giving me a call at (323) 819-0747.

*NOT a real client

little bit about me…

Patrick smiling at camera in pastel blue suitPronouns: he/him/his.

I am a gay man who grew up in a world of scripts. Yes, I have an acting background, but I’m referring to the scripts society had for me.

I thought the answers to my “internal conflicts” or lack of understanding about life would dissipate as I lived life. I was convinced that as the years went by, things would be more certain.

But that wasn’t what I experienced.

I was born outside of the U.S., and spent some time in the U.K. and Europe before I came to Seattle, Washington, which is where I was raised. While Seattle had incredible qualities including many down-to-earth qualities and nature, I came to California because of the sun :-).

Due to my personal journey with being gay, I wanted to help others who were also struggling to find compassion and support.

You’re likely tired of people judging you and telling you what to do. I want to help lessen your burden and empower you in your choices. Feeling marginalized is awful, and I want to help you feel better.

I have lived through multiple life challenges that had no black-and-white answer as to how to fix, and that’s what led me to this profession. I started out as an actor and then realized my passion was best served helping people through therapy.

Being gay felt so strange, as I was surrounded by straight people who were tolerant but not necessarily validating of my life experience.

In my therapy sessions, I target the needs of individual clients rather than utilize blanket interventions that don’t keep the client’s needs in mind.

I am determined to make my therapy room collaborative and welcoming to everyone who enters. I may suggest methods, and you are free to comment on how they work for you. I have learned that making therapy collaborative allows for a transparent atmosphere that welcomes everyone.

Understanding the importance of providing a judgment-free zone where you can feel affirmed and not shamed, I want to help you be the person YOU want to be.

Growing up and feeling so different, I had few role models I could relate to. I also felt different being a gay male and having a creative, non-linear way of thinking.

I had the benefit of many affirming and validating therapists during my own process who accepted and affirmed my identity. These therapists saw me for who I am: being gay, having challenges, and all were parts of who I was but not my entire self!

After graduating from Antioch University Los Angeles with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, I was more determined than ever to reach people like you who need support and someone to talk to safely. I have many years experience in the field.

I have had the privilege of publishing works in peer-reviewed academic journals over the years. I write because I want to reach all of you and let you know that the journey is fulfilling.