Winter Holidays and Family Gatherings

  Everything is set out in the stores, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and all will all be alive and happening in the next month and a half.  My families traditions in Georgia, are to gather multiple times throughout the holiday to celebrate, give thanks and spend time with family.  However, the upcoming holiday season can be hard if...[ read more ]

Attending Atlanta Pride and WPATH

  Over the past two weekends I have been able to participate in Atlanta Pride as outreach to the transgender community and LGBTQ community. I also went to Ohio to attend the Transforming Care conference and WPATH GEI certification training. It’s been a busy two weeks, but I have learned so much about the Atlanta community and new research. Atlanta...[ read more ]

Creative Coping Skills for Gender Dysphoria

A bunch of ballons for deep breathing

I feel like what I hear a lot in therapy about coping skills is, " I have tried all of that before and it never works ". There are lists upon lists on the internet of coping skills.  How do you know which ones will work for you if you have tried the most taught? Deep Breathing with a Balloon...[ read more ]

Attending the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

philidelphia trans health conference 2017

  This time last week I was flying back from Philadelphia to Atlanta from The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, where thousands of transgender, gender fluid, gender non binary, allies, parents and professionals met for three days.  The conference was a wonderful experience for me. I was able to become more educated on issues related to the transgender community and mental...[ read more ]

Sacred Space, Sacred Time and Self Expression

  The concept of Sacred Space Today, I was thinking of the concept of Sacred Space.  I wasn’t thinking of the concept in religious terms, but more of a concept of holding space for yourself to be who you need to be. Isaac Newton wrote about this in his book, Philosophy of Sacred Space and Sacred Time, which I learned...[ read more ]

Conquering Fear for my Transgender Loved One

  It can be scary So much has happened in the last week and since I wrote my last blog with hate in this nation. I am often asked by family members of the transgender community in Atlanta, GA, what do I do when I am in fear?  Many people right now are accepting of their loved one’s journey through...[ read more ]

The Transgender Community: Safety and Self Care

Transgender self care and safety

This week in Atlanta Georgia, there was another senseless death of a transgender woman.  I thought about that a lot this week.  It struck me because it was so close to home in Decatur, GA.  It struck me because there wasn't a lot of press surrounding it.  I decided  I wanted to blog this week on keeping yourself safe if...[ read more ]

Finding an Affirming Gender Identity Therapist

transgendertherapistatlanta

Finding a therapist in your city I am in Decatur Georgia, which is in the metro Atlanta area and I often get calls from potential clients that tell me they are having a hard time finding a therapist that works with the transgender and gender fluid community.  This is especially true throughout more rural area of Georgia. In my blog,...[ read more ]

How do I get my gender affirmation HRT Letter?

How do I get my HRT letter, or do I even need one anymore? Availability of resources for the transgender and gender non-conforming community frustrate me to no end sometimes. I often have clients call telling me they have been looking for a hormone replacement doctor or their letter for a year. Some doctors still require a letter. WPATH standards...[ read more ]

The Transgender Community and Substance Use: Positive Coping Skills

transgender drinking

Escape Drugs and alcohol are the greatest escape they say. When you don't accept yourself or your body or gender, sometimes drinking or getting high is the quickest way to cope with those feelings. But, is it healthy and is it a valid way to relieve pain? Drinking and drugs are never the healthiest way to deal with pain. Honestly,...[ read more ]

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