COLIN LENTZ, LMSW
Therapist & Career Coach
I believe that human beings are, above all, adaptive. We develop powerful and unique ways to survive and succeed under conditions that are insensitive, unforgiving, and overwhelming. As a therapist, my approach builds upon the strength of this adaptive ability while remaining responsive to the anger, fear, and shame that can accompany it. I work with you to foster deeper self-compassion in the face of broader social circumstances that often encourage the opposite.
Therapy provides different things for different people: support, exploration, insight, guidance, growth. Whatever the process or purpose, the heart of this endeavor is the relationship between client and therapist. My approach is fundamentally collaborative, beginning by developing mutual trust and understanding, a foundation which then supports open communication and thoughtful deliberation.
I focus in particular on establishing a therapeutic environment grounded in compassion and sensitivity, where difficult thoughts and feelings can be shared candidly, and fear and shame become subjects of discussion instead of obstacles to it. I am an active participant in this process, moving at your pace or, when helpful and discussed, setting the pace myself. Together, we will establish and work towards goals that align with your vision of a fulfilling and fully realized life.
I have specialized training and expertise in working with: gender (transgender and gender diverse people), sexuality, non-monogamy and polyamory, fetishes and kink/BDSM, sexual functioning and sexual anxiety, compulsive sexual behaviors, trauma, and HIV/AIDS.
Education: Master of Social Work from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work
Certifications: Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, Prelude to Training
Fellow at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, In Progress