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Being truly heard and seen are two of the most healing experiences we can ever have. Being able to share authentically ourselves with another person, without judgement, is a gift that keeps on giving. Do you feel truly heard and seen in your relationships? Are you out of the closet, but do you still feel guilt or shame about your identity? Are you sober curious or are you tired of anesthetizing your pain with drugs and alcohol? Have you been harmed by religion, but want to connect more spiritually? Do you feel trapped in a pattern of choices that, while you recognize aren’t supportive, you continue making despite the negative consequences? I can relate. I’ve been there.

As an LGBTQ-affirmative and client-centered therapist, I look at each of my clients through an affirmative and humanistic lens. Meaning that I see the problem as the problem and not the person. My primary area of focus includes helping gay men heal past pain so that they wake up feeling a greater sense of purpose, self-acceptance, and belonging. I also specialize in working with people who specifically want spirituality to be a resource in their therapy.

I use a combination of both Western and Eastern philosophies in my therapeutic approach, including Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Depth Psychology, Positive Psychology, Energy Psychology, and Humanistic Psychology.

As a Therapist, I specialize in:

  • LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology 

  • Internalized Homophobia

  • Self Esteem

  • Coming Out

  • Body Image 

  • Men’s Issues

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Substance Abuse and Sobriety

  • Family Conflict

  • Spirituality

  • Family Addiction

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics 

  • Inner child work

  • Life Transitions 

  • Career Counseling

Psychology Today

Chris Tompkins is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#134537) based in Los Angeles, California working under the clinical supervision of Andrew Merrell, LMFT (MFT#102724). Chris specializes in LGBTQ affirmative psychology with a primary focus on adult gay men. He has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a specialization in LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology. 

Chris began his psychotherapy training at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology where he received a Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Levels I and Level II from the Allender Center. Additionally, Chris completed his clinical training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where he developed his competency as an LGBTQ-affirming psychotherapist. 

Please email Chris at to request a free 15-minute consultation if you're interested in working together. 

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