Eric G. Schneider, is a kink and poly friendly, licensed Mental health counselor and has been in private practice for the last 32 years. His career began during the height of the AIDS crisis here in NYC. He followed a calling to help, he began volunteering at the Manhattan Center for Living as a crisis counselor working with those directly impacted by AIDS. Within 6 months he was named the assistant clinical director. Soon after, he was asked to be the clinical director for Friends In Deed, another organization offering psycho spiritual support for those dealing with death, dying, grief and loss. In a study conducted by New York City, Friends In Deed was considered one of the best service organizations of its kind. He was there for 18 years. Concurrently, he started his private practice working primarily with gay men, their partners within the changing landscape of sexuality, dating and intimate relationships.