Jesse Proia, MFT
Jesse Proia, MFT
I specialize in supporting Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer men by creating an affirming and informed therapeutic space to explore and understand how race, sexual orientation and gender identity impact their identity, self-worth, and mental health.
As an GBTQ+ Specialized therapist, I am active and engaged in supporting Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer men in the Denver area. Sessions often feel more like in-depth discussions rather than the traditional idea of therapy with a silent or neutral therapist. I’m focused on working with men who live with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I provide an affirming space so rarely available to Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer men to unpack and understand their unique lived experiences with support and guidance.
I have an engaged presence for clients to address and understand sources of inner criticism, shame and low self-esteem. As a therapist, I pull from extensive experience working in different GBTQ+ populations and tailor each session to meet the needs of my client. The psychotherapy I provide utilizes my personal and professional relationship to the GBTQ+ community, commitment to cultural humility and passion for Queer and Empowerment psychology to support clients in taking control of their lives and overcoming their pasts.
My Therapy Style
GBTQ+ Empower psychology looks at the unique experience of GBTQ men, the strength of overcoming adversity while addressing the negative impact homo-bi-transphobia and internalized shame have on one’s mental health.
Additionally, I am trained in traditional Depth psychology. Sometimes it is too hard to talk about ourselves or negative experiences head on. Depth therapy helps in utilizing stories, creativity or metaphors to help the therapeutic process.
I believe strongly in trauma informed care, which means I am here to support you in going at a steady and healing pace. At the same time, I am very keen to not let the session overload you or be too intense.
Prior to my work as a GBTQ+ therapist, I was a visual artist and designer for theater in New York City. The arts were a powerful tool for me to find my voice and connect with others through creativity. I pursued my master’s degree in Jungian Psychology for its focus on healing and growth through creative approaches to the self. Before becoming a men’s therapist in Denver, I worked therapeutically with the LGBTQIA+ community for over five years in Los Angeles, California. I bring my finely tuned ear for personal empowerment and creativity to my work with clients in my therapy practice.
In my down time I love cooking, hiking, spending quality time with my husband and out two rescue dogs, Bobby and Hero. I am newish to the Denver area, which provides me with many opportunities to explore and learn about this beautiful city.