Desmon Wise, LMSW
“I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” – James Baldwin
It brings me joy to serve the Black, Latinx, and LGBTQIA+ communities. I work with men who are Black, Latinx, and/or identify as queer, part of the LGBTQIA+ community, or are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. Professionally, I am a Cognitive, Person centered, and Trauma informed therapist, but personally I’m a collaborator and friend of the healing process.
As Mr. Baldwin implies, life experiences and traumas have a way of impacting the various characteristics that make us who we are, in addition to the ways we think, behave, and form assumptions about ourselves and others. For men who are Black, Latinx, and/or identify as queer, part of the LGBTQIA+ community, or are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity—the impacts can be disproportionately harmful and oppressive.
The modalities and approaches I use to support men in these communities are informed by my own experiences as a proud gay Black man, an Army veteran of the Iraq war, and the foster child of parents who struggled with addiction. Since I began my social work career in 2017, with a MSW and LMSW, I have specialized in: Trauma-informed care, Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, Person-centered treatment, Substance abuse, and Medication-Assisted Treatment counseling all with a culturally relevant approach and racial justice focus. There can be no world in which marginalized communities have no voice and our mental health matters.
We have the capacity to re-write our own narrative. Together, we can work to challenge and reframe negative thoughts, healing from our trauma’s- while promoting self-acceptance and embracing positive behavioral change. We can challenge beliefs, engage in mindfulness and improve emotional regulation. I promote social, physical, and thinking exercises that raise the emotional and behavioral awareness of negative patterns and ease the impact of the world around us. We are so much more than what time, circumstance, history, have made of us, now let’s prove it.