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Ricardo

Ricardo Guzman, LCSW

One of the greatest challenges I ever faced was becoming open about my sexual orientation. Being raised in a conservative, Catholic culture in Honduras made this particularly difficult. I feared that if my homosexuality became known to my family & friends they would no longer love or accept me. Flooded with self-hatred and shame I would forcefully hide this part of myself.

At the age of 17, I won a full scholarship to attend an International boarding school in Hong Kong. This was a phase of my life that granted me an opportunity to be reborn. I could finally come out of the closet and be myself. During my travels to Hong Kong, I had a layover in San Francisco where I got to briefly experience “gay culture”. I visited a gay-owned specialty book-store where I bought my first romantic gay novel. I also got to experience gay nightlife and visited the Castro district – one of the gayest neighborhoods I had ever seen.

My struggles living as a closeted teenager and high achiever lead me to develop depression, panic disorder, and anxiety. It was only through the support of my friends, teachers, and my psychotherapist that I was able to fully accept myself and finally come out to my parents. My therapist’s support was so impactful in this phase of my life that it inspired me to pursue a career in mental health.

I earned my B.A. in psychology with a minor in visual arts from Macalester college in St.Paul Minneapolis. In 2008 I moved to NYC where I hit rock-bottom with Alcoholism. Searching for help I became an active member of the self-help 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous which helped me recover and stay sober for over 14 years. I later began to work as a case manager and treatment coordinator for people with developmental & intellectual disabilities. I also pursued a masters in social work at NYU’s Silver school of social work. In 2014 I became a licensed master social worker and started working at a mental health clinic serving a multi-cultural community in Jackon Heights, Queens.

In 2022 I received my clinical license and joined Resilient Mind psychotherapy where I am currently seeing clients both virtually and in person. In my sessions, I use a trauma-sensitive psychodynamic approach alongside CBT and DBT modalities. Some of the issues I treat include co-occurring addictions, mood disorders, and adult ADHD/ADD. I am also uniquely equipped to work with LGBTQ populations in particular teenagers dealing with coming out issues.

In my spare time, you can find me working out at the gym, reading spiritual classics, and deepening my understanding of psychology. Gestalt therapy and motivational interviewing are two modalities I’m currently curious about. I am also particularly interested in the role that spirituality can play in mental health and healing. I find joy in growing spiritually and furthering my connection to the oneness of life. Deep down I believe that love and forgiveness are all that we need for healing.