David Yonkin, LCSW-R

Becoming a Patient

  • Adults: Individuals.
  • Depression:  When we're depressed, the future seems lost, the past becomes a frozen land of irredeemable mistakes, and we stop building in the present. We feel well and energetic when we are building and creating. Our time together will explore and find ways to get unstuck and move.  I work well with psychiatrists when medications are involved.
  • General Anxiety Disorder: Many people are experiencing increased anxiety, escalating to panic attacks.  When the energy of anxiety becomes "disordered" — meaning we can't process it anymore,  it often morphs into depression, settling into the body and decreasing motivation to engage in life. So working with anxiety means also working on depression.  We work with the energies at hand, while I incorporate many aspects of enlightened models or neurological "reconsolidation" that has recently emerged.
  • Anger & Rage:  Most of us are taught that these two very different things are on the same spectrum, with anger on the low end and rage an escalation of it; this is not the case. As odd as it sounds, anger is a very healthy emotion, while rage is an unhealthy developmental processing issue. Psychoeducation about both are often integrated into most therapy situations.
  • Substance abuse: Particularly alcohol, prescription meds and pot - 12-Step sensitive and knowledgeable. I work with psychiatrists who specialize in addiction issues when medication might be considered as part of treatment.
  • Issues of spirituality: possible metaphysical insights and paranormal experiences that may arise from depression, stress, and grief and bereavement, or just plain old life.
  • LGBT Communities: Coming out, spirituality, dating, marriage, family and relationship issues.
  • Sexuality and sexual orientation: There is a vast galaxy of possibilities concerning who we are attracted to, and in what ways.
  • Issues of gender identity:  A Gender Specialist, I am a full member of WPATH (The World Professional Association for Transgender Health) — a global organization of trans-care providers. Like sexual orientation, I see no limits on the possibilities of gender expression.  Not everyone is looking for major changes, but for those who are, I partner with endocrinologists, surgeons, support spouses and families, while providing assessments, letters of recommendation for hormone therapy and surgeries, treatment and aftercare plans and advocacy for gender affirming transitions. I am well-networked with many professionals in the field. Crossdressers welcome!
  • Polyamorous Communities:  For relationship constellations that go beyond the binary.
  • Artists, musicians, actors: Empty and lost, with or without a part to play? My office is in the Broadway Theater district. My own past experiences in the theater and music worlds gives me insights into the dynamics of ultra-sensitive show people.
  • Life Coaching: Integration of concrete life issues with analysis and practical guidance from a therapeutic stance.
  • Employee/Employer/Employment:  For the under-motivated, the harassed, the about-to-be-downsized, the ready-to-transform.

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