Despite the advancements in societal acceptance, the highly personal nature of gender identity, sexuality and orientation still tends to be broadly misunderstood, and for many individuals painfully experienced. In my office you will find a safe and secure space to pour out the contents of your heart and explore how to travel your distinctly unique journey….and BE YOU.
Finding and forging a path forward can feel like an overwhelming challenge without a trusted other to share the journey, especially during difficult passages and life transitions. I will work to establish a safe environment and we will build a trusting relationship that will enable you to deeply understand your unique gifts, resources, skills and aptitudes so that you are better equipped to face and overcome the obstacles that are keeping you from your greatest joy.
We will discuss the origins of the uncomfortable anxiety that has been present from such an early age and identify skills and strategies to alleviate the discomfort that has become part of your daily existence and address the issues that are holding you back from experiencing the life you want to lead.
Together we will discover those displaced or suppressed parts of yourself and bring them into the light so that your personhood and self concept can include an integrated whole, reducing the anxiety and depression that have become second nature.
For clients who are coming out or are in transition, we will explore the ways you are resilient and bolster those strengths as you determine the right time and how to best share the intimate details about yourself with your family, friends, co-workers and the broader spheres of your life.
If you are interested in exploring medical interventions, I can provide referrals to healthcare providers, surgeons, and when required, I can write letters for you in order to receive medical services.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
|Anais Nin |
Working with Families.
I have found that family therapy helps when a child or spouse shares information about their sexual or gender identity that was previously unrecognized or hidden. Family members often feel overwhelmed with mixed emotions of confusion, fear, grief and loss. My presence can provide a stabilizing and affirming environment for families that are struggling to adapt to any type of gender identity, sexual orientation or other lifestyle change. If you are beating yourself up for not knowing sooner, wrestling with deeply held religious beliefs, are married to a non-supportive spouse, are struggling to accept that the son you raised is now your daughter, or are grieving the loss of a child you thought you knew, I can help. My goal is to move you and your family toward a place of deeper understanding and love so that you can support your child or spouse as they let go of the secrets and fear, and step into honesty about who they truly are (gender identity) or who they feel attracted to (sexual orientation).