In addition to the experience I have gained through years of work utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy and training for sex addiction certification, my years of practice as a Buddhist provide another way to approach the common human drive to find contentment. My life experience in other areas informs my therapy practice as well. I earned an MBA and worked for many years in business, navigating the waters of company politics, managing and being managed, so I have a solid understanding and appreciation of career issues. I understand firsthand how it feels to work hard at a job and still feel empty or unsatisfied. As an out gay man, I have lived first-hand some of the challenges that being different brings, both in business and in our society in general. There are daily challenges that people who are different (in any way) face when moving through the world. I have a deep respect for these differences and feel passionate about finding ways to make those differences a positive part of our lives rather than something that makes us an 'outsider.' Embracing who we are, in all our glorious differences, is an important part of being mentally healthy and happy.