LUKE KNANISHU, LCSW

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Therapist & LGBTQ+ Consultant

Pronouns: he/him/his

As a therapist, I work from a strengths-based interpersonal perspective, highlighting your resilience with the goal of creating a more fulfilling life. The decision to begin therapy is a highly personal and complex process for many. With this in mind, I thrive to create a non-judgmental, safe and warm environment for exploration and growth. The aim of our work together will be to create a more harmonious relationship with yourself that will positively affect your relationships with those around you.

I hope to bring people into therapy who have often been marginalized and historically excluded from such spaces. In order for this to occur, a reciprocal mutual respect must be created in order for trust to build and meaningful work to begin.

I have specialized training and expertise in working with: gender, sexuality, lgbtq+ people of color, lgbtq+ young people, parents of lgbtq+ children, adoption experiences, kink, BDSM, non-monogamy, sexual functioning issues, sexual anxiety, relationship conflict, serious and persistent mental illness, trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, individuals in the arts and entertainment industry, chronic health issues (i.e. - HIV/AIDS, cancer, Parkinson’s), addiction, political anxiety and race related issues.

Education: Master of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work

Certifications: Advanced Clinical Practice curriculum track within Columbia University focusing on Contemporary Social Issues.