Working as a facilitator of an LGBTQ group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse for 3 years, I had the opportunity to work with the stories and healing of individuals who identify lesbian/gay/bisexual, transgender, gender queer, and gender non-binary.
I have often found that while working through trauma of abuse and other issues of clinical concern like depression and anxiety; the stress of marginalization experiences that can occur in the world impacts and often compounds the challenges being worked through in therapy.
For this reason, I use a holistic approach that pays attention to individual and cultural concerns simultaneously.
The cornerstone of my practice is curiosity. I create a collaborative relationship where individuals are empowered to find a way of speaking about their problems that fits with their core values and preferred ways of being seen in the world.
Some issues that often come up and can be explored include, but are not limited to; gender transition, sexuality, relationships, abuse and trauma histories, employment, confronting prejudice in the world, creating a more positive self-story, conflicts with family and coming-out experiences.