I offer individual therapy to individuals of all backgrounds and with a variety of presenting concerns. I specialize in working with individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, same-sex attracted, and/or people of faith.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and same-sex attracted individuals: people experience varying degrees of sexual attraction and aversion toward others. Some who experience some degree of attraction toward same-sex others express fears and confusion about this attraction. In my practice, I work with clients to understand their sexual attraction and to make life choices that are in accordance with their value systems. For many clients, this includes adopting a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer identity and seeking same-sex partners. For others, this may include consciously moving away from these identities and toward heterosexual marriage or celibacy. I do not attempt to help clients change their sexual attractions, but focus on helping clients clarify values and deepen their self-understanding.
Transgender and genderqueer individuals: for many people, their experience of gender does not match the sex assigned to them at birth, often leading to intense feelings of isolation and frustration. I support such individuals in understanding the nature of their dysphoria, clarifying their ideal gender presentation, and achieving that presentation. I frequently write letters of support for clients wishing to medically transition to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or to have top/bottom surgery. I also support individuals who experience gender dysphoria and who do not desire to socially or medically transition.
People of faith: people from a variety religious backgrounds often seek therapy to address feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, and loneliness. While these feelings are not typically related to their religious beliefs, many feel that it is important to have a therapist who understands their religious background. As a counselor with significant experience counseling LDS, Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, as well as non-religious clients, I focus on understanding my clients’ religious background and conducting therapy within that system of beliefs.