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San Diego-based, California-licensed psychotherapist, assisting clients in achieving their goals and becoming the men and women they want to be.
San Diego Therapist, California-licensed psychotherapist,
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Coming Out Is Mental Health

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Dear Michael: I’ve been married for 5 years and it’s a sham.  I want to come out, but, I’m scared to death that everyone I know will turn against me.   I have two young kids – a 6-month-old baby girl and a 3-year-old boy –…

(Non)Disordered Eating

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On many pop culture websites, you hear a lot of talk about celebrities with eating disorders. What is an eating disorder and what is (non)disordered eating? I think that most of us have some (small) version of an eating disorder.  We all have times when we…

5 Relationship Myths (and how to break them)

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Despite the hundreds of relationship self-help books out on the shelves, there’s a lot of impractical and impossible advice given by the “experts”.  After many years of helping people with their relationships, I’d like to share my favorite relationship myths with you, in the hopes that…

Working With Jealousy

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Dear Michael: I have a wonderful girlfriend, “Katrina”. We’ve been together for three years’ now and we’re very happy. There’s just one problem: I am a beautiful, smart 29-year-old woman who is incredibly jealous. This isn’t the first time I’ve had this jealousy problem with…

Men, Sex and Open Relationships

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Have you ever questioned if monogamy was a good fit for you, or what an open relationship might be like? If so, this column is for you. Over the years, many of the couples I see in my private practice have explored these questions. For…

Who do you love?

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Do you ever read those little magazines that tell you all about porn stars and their latest movies? I do. I read just about everything in front of me: you never know what you might learn. I found an interesting article in one of them….

The Best Little Boy in the World

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In a recently published study, Drs. John Pachankis and Mark Hatzenbuehler have substantiated what’s called the “Best Little Boy in the World” syndrome (from the 1973 book by Andrew Tobias). It’s the idea that young, closeted men deflect attention from their sexuality by overinvesting their…

Creative LGBT Parenting and Step-Parenting

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Dear Michael: We are two formerly happy and carefree lesbians.  Last month, my partner’s ex-husband essentially gave us custody of their three kids. They’ve visited us off-and-on for the past six years we’ve been together, but the kids have lived most of their lives with their…