Finding a great psychotherapist can be a tricky, even pesky, task. There have been times in my life where I have looked for a therapist, but each time I went, I always got the feeling that my therapist was too judgmental, seemed disinterested, or wasn’t pointing out any aspects of myself that I did not already know. I have always believed you should leave therapy feeling a little more enlightened about yourself. That isn’t to say that a great therapist won’t leave you with more questions than you had before. This is totally possible, but hopefully they are new questions. However, I have never met a therapist that did that for me. For awhile, I just believed that psychotherapy was not for me. Now that I have gotten a little older, I am realizing that it probably wasn’t the field of psychotherapy, but rather the particular therapists I was seeing. I now believe psychotherapy can greatly benefit just about anyone, including myself, if only you can find the right therapist.
Enter James Guay at Living More Fully. Based on the testimonials on his website, the video of his 5 steps to live more fully, and his presentation of what therapy means to him, he seems like a guy I would really enjoy talking to. His approach to helping people live more fully and with more purpose really resonates with me, and his excitement and passion for helping people is clear.
James also provides gay couples therapy and Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy. The latter, Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy, focuses on racism, sexism, and homophobia within the larger societal context, and the impact these themes have on individuals, as well as their families. Although James highlights the work he does with gay individuals, couples, and families with gay individuals in them, he will work with anyone regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. And his approach to Living More Fully resonates with people across the societal spectrum, from gay to straight, and from men to women. James wants to help you live more fully by helping you have more fulfilling relationships, increasing your effectiveness and creativity, enjoying a better work and life balance, and many more things!
As I said before, psychotherapy never seemed like a great fit for me. That was because of the therapists I saw, though. Most of my visits simply involved me talking aimlessly while my therapists took notes and asked a few questions. It seems like with James’ approach that he has a plan to help you out, so you aren’t talking aimlessly and your therapist is creating some sort of plan based off of that. He isn’t just throwing something together, he already has a plan for you that he will tailor to your specific needs. So whether you need therapy for gay men, gay couples counseling, Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy, therapy to help you live a more fulfilled and rewarding life, or just a boost, James at Living More Fully is the man for the job. Check out his website and give him a call to set up an appointment.