What do we talk about in counseling specifically for LGBTQ people?
We will navigate the difference between relational/sexual orientation, sex, gender and how all these intersect in identity, relationships and safety. If applicable, we will work on healing trauma associated with being a member of the LGBTQ+ community and ensuring safety seeing as LGBTQ+ individuals face higher rates of interpersonal violence and suicide risk. I am trans affirming and knowledgeable on relational/sexual orientations including pansexuality and asexuality.
What can I expect from LGBTQ counseling with you?
Outcomes of this counseling will leave you feeling affirmed, seen, heard and validated — never judged or seen as lesser. I work with LGBTQ+ individuals from a place of understanding the challenges one may face in our often hetero-centered, monogamous-centered, homophobic and transphobic culture and society. Furthermore, I specialize in reconciling or recovering from religion/religious oppression.
Will you treat me differently because I’m LGBTQ?
First and foremost, you are a person like everyone else. I will not stereotype or stigmatize you or your identity/identities nor your expression of gender, sex or relation/sexual orientation. That being said, if you come into therapy wanted to address these various parts of your self, then I am well equipped to specifically dive into these things. I believe love is love, no matter what parts of the larger society and culture say. My counseling room is a safe haven for you to be yourself, express hidden or closeted parts of yourself and/or to try on different things such as pronouns.