As a therapist, I am an advocate and an ally for LGBTQIA rights. I stay educated about best practices for working with LGBTQIA clients and try my best to understand given my background, the concerns my LGBTQIA clients specifically experience with their mental health. I understand, that there are times when I need more education and there are times in session that I will ask for clarification of your experiences and emotions, because I believe I can and should always learn more about what my LGBTQIA clients are experiencing.
In therapy, I collaborate with you to offer solutions and guidance tailored to your life circumstances, beliefs and point of view. I offer respect. I treat individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief and other concerns. When you fill out your intake paperwork, I offer the opportunity for you to specifically let me know your pronouns, gender and sexual orientation and I respect those throughout our sessions.
While your perspective may be different, at the heart of it all, you are still experiencing the same feelings of depression, not being able to get out of bed, anxiety and fear over change or your expectations, mood swings, grief and maybe suicidal thoughts.
My perspective is that I am here to act as a guide, facilitator and sounding board for the change you are capable of in yourself. I am quick to offer resources when requested as I believe in collaboration with others and treating your whole needs.
If you are looking for an Atlanta area therapist that offers respect, acceptance, is an ally and believes in your independence and autonomy, please reach out to me for a free in person 20 minute consultation.
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
If you are a part of the transgender or gender non-conforming community, I invite you to visit my page here, which is affirming and specific to the community.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer
You are probably living in metro Atlanta or throughout rural Georgia as you read this. Georgia has come a long way in regards to acceptance, but there is so much more work to do. I understand that you may grow more emotionally if you are processing your feelings with someone that is accepting and knowledgeable.
At this point, you may know your sexual orientation, or still have questions and are trying to figure it out. My experience helping with people with concerns about identity allows me to collaborate with you so you can find answers to the questions you may be having right now about your sexuality. It could be that you love your boyfriend or girlfriend, but are starting to have feelings like you may be attracted to someone else who identifies as you do. Or, you could be realizing that you don’t have feelings of attraction for men or women, but everyone and society tells you that you should. That can be confusing at first. The truth is, that you don’t need someone to tell you who really are. You probably already know. But, having a professional to talk to and explore your feelings that is affirming can be helpful, healthy and lead to greater happiness and comfort with yourself.
If you are ready to talk to someone that will walk with you through this exploration, reach out to me for a free consultation.
Distance Counseling in Georgia
As a Distance Credentialed Counselor, I am trained to offer distance video counseling for individuals who are a good fit living throughout Georgia only. This video counseling can be used for brief therapy, longer term individual therapy sessions, in between in person sessions and for obtaining your letters if needed. Often clients living in more rural areas of Georgia, do not have access to LGBTQIA and gender affirming therapists. I offer this service to allow therapy to be the most convenient possible for my clients. I use a HIPPA compliant video service, HIPPA compliant emailing, phone and text to take the most steps possible to ensure your privacy. Please contact me for a free consultation for distance counseling.