I am here to help. The challenges that you may face as an LGBTQ+ person are specific and having someone who understands those issues is helpful. I have been working with the LGBTQ+ community since college. Starting in 1990, I began serving the community in San Francisco on the AIDS/HIV Nightline. I provided emergency support and suicide prevention to those struggling with the trauma of HIV/AIDS. This led to activism for equality and inclusion and eventually training to become a therapist.
Many clients struggle with challenges building self-worth, managing shame, and standing in their identity. Coming to terms with one’s sexuality or gender identity can be difficult, frightening, and lonely. Especially, when it means dealing with the stress of family and societal expectations.
Clients often experience anxiety and depression on the road to self-acceptance. These issues can interfere with dating as well as developing strong intimate and interpersonal relationships. I support clients as they navigate these concerns with sensitivity and care around the complexity of these matters.
Finding love can be much easier than maintaining and building strong, healthy relationships. Especially for LGBTQ+ couples. From attachment wounds to understanding patterns in relationships, I work with couples to identify a clear vision for your relationship and the skills and tools needed to keep the vision in focus. Communication is key to navigating the challenges LGBTQ+ couples face. Historical trauma, self-acceptance, open relationship, infidelity, and substance abuse issues can create barriers to intimacy and connection all of which can be healed through therapy.
Sometimes it feels safer to work with someone who understands more of the nuances of your experience. Understanding the more subtle challenges of being LGBTQ+, I can offer support and guidance in a caring and affirmative way. There are things you can tell me that you won’t need to explain in the same way as if you were working with someone who doesn’t identify as a part of this community.
Every client is unique. I use my years of experience to provide the support you need to gently and compassionately explore what is happening for you. You are the expert of your life. My goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to heal and transform the challenges and traumas you may face.
Yes, I do see clients remotely. In order to get the most out of working remotely, you need to give yourself permission to put everything else aside. Find a quiet place to focus on you that is free from distractions. I treat working remotely with the same care and attention as an in-person session.
If you believe that I would be the right therapist to support you in working through the challenges you experience, click here to reach out and schedule a free consultation.