Therapy for lesbian, gay, Bisexual, trans, Queer and intersex (LGBT-QI) clients
Are you LGBT-QI and looking for a therapist who understands your Needs without being judged?
I have a strong commitment and many years of experience working with the East Bay / Walnut Creek LGBT-QI community. I am an active member of Gaylesta (The Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity) and have experience and training working with our Bay Area Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Intersex and Trans community. My experience includes previously working at Oakland agencies specializing in LGBT-QI adults and LGBT-QI youth.
My work with LGBT-QI individuals is both from a mental health and social justice perspective as I believe that part of negative experiences of LGBT-QI individuals stems from our cultural, systematic oppression and stigmatization. This may or may not be something you would like to address, but in my office, this topic is welcome for further exploration. My offices have private, gender neutral bathrooms located on the same floor as my office.
Some of the typical complaints I work with include:
Grief and loss
Self-esteem and confidence
Sexuality and gender issues
THerapy for Trans clients
I work with trans clients allowing you to define your identity in a way that makes sense for you. I offer guidance and support for wherever you are in your process, including deciding what trans looks like and means for you.
Ways we may work together:
Support you and work with you wherever you are in the transition process
Help you identify what your transition process is and what makes sense for you
Help you give voice to your past experiences as well as your current situation
Address relationship support including what is working and addressing what is not
Help you develop a supportive community whatever that means for you
Address any past traumas and work towards healing
Help you get connected to the resources you want including physicians or support groups
Assist you in finding your voice to be a part of your community in a way that works for you
Help you identify and advocate for your needs
Help advocate for you
Help you develop healthy self care
Help you love your beautiful self
As a therapist working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and intersex people I will:
Do my best to be non-discriminating in my language and let you define your use of pro-nouns that we use or do not use
Understand that being LGBT-QI may not be the primary reason you may be seeking additional support or assistance
Understand that being gay, lesbian, trans, intersex or gender queer comes with its unique challenges and benefits. I will be non-judgmental while allowing you to identify and discuss them.
Understand that your body is your choice and my only goal is to create a healthy atmosphere for you to explore feelings, experiences, goals and decisions about your body and your health