Are you looking for a safe, accepting, nurturing place to explore your gender or sexuality? As an LGBTQIA affirmative therapist, I'm here to support you as you navigate your world.
I recognize that your gender and sexuality is a part of your story and is not a problem that needs to be fixed.
There are a variety of ways that I can help support you during your journey.
You may find individual therapy can be a supportive and non-judgmental way to dig in deeper to how you understand your gender or sexuality, or the roles that gender and sexuality play in your life. Here are some areas people explore in therapy:
- how you feel most comfortable in your gender identity and expression,
- how to start or continue through medical and/or social transition,
- how to come out to loved ones, acquaintances, your workplace, place of worship,
- find ways to manage dysphoria,
- ways to strengthen your ability to express yourself, be assertive and love yourself,
- deal with relationships (or changes in relationships) with your friends, family, mate/spouse, colleagues, etc.,
- explore your sexuality (queer, gay, lesbian, bi/pan-sexual, asexual, poly-amorous, kink, BDSM, and heterosexual, monogamous people, too),
- manage emotional challenges that may be unrelated to your gender or sexuality (anxiety, stress, sadness, anger, etc.).
If you're interested in taking the next step, please call me at 916-547-3997 or click here to speak with me on the phone to see if I'm the right fit for you.
Letters of Support for Medical Transition
As you know, not everyone transitioning desires or needs ongoing therapy services. Yet, some physicians require letters of support from a mental health provider prior to medical transition.
In some situations, it's possible to find a provider who follows an informed consent model for medical transition. What this means is that the physician takes full oversight for the services and doesn’t require an independent evaluation by a mental health provider. Gender Health Center and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte are my favorite local resources for an informed consent model for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
However, if an informed consent provider is not an option and your provider is requiring a letter, I’d be glad to help. Evaluations are conducted face-to-face and review your mental and physical health history, your gender identity and experiences throughout your life, risks, benefits, expectations, and outcomes of the treatment you are interested in.
The cost is $120 for a 50-minute session. Depending upon situation and circumstances, it can take several sessions to complete an assessment evaluation to gather the information needed for a letter of support. It's possible that this evaluation can be billed through your health insurance; please contact me if you have questions about using your health insurance for a letter evaluation or if you would like more information.
"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are" Brene Brown