I strive to create a welcoming and affirming setting for clients of all genders and orientations to address the issues that bring them to therapy, whether those issues are related to gender identity or not.
What is Affirming Therapy?
Affirming therapy means going beyond simply taking a positive approach to people's identities, respecting their pronouns, or calling myself "LGBT-friendly."
Transphobia, erasure, and oppression are real, lived experiences. They can affect an individual's emotional health, relationships, and overall well being. A trans-affirming therapist will understand the multidimensional impact this can have.
I consider that not every issue a trans person experiences is a result of their gender identity. I don't assume that your identity is a problem for you. I'm honest about my limitations and privileges as a cisgender woman working with a trans or gender-nonconforming person.
I make sure that I'm showing up for my clients and staying current through regular consultation with trans and gender nonconforming professionals, participating in ongoing clinical training, and being an active member of my community to make sure that I provide the best possible care. I'm a member of WPATH (the World Professional Association for Transgender Health).
One way I continue to support my mission for access to inclusive and affirming services for all identities is my partnership with Building Allies, a trans-led organization that works to educate and empower cisgender individuals to become active-allies for the trans and gender nonconforming communities.
What to ask your Trans-Affirming therapist
You don't have to educate your treatment provider on anything other than your own experience. You get to work on the issues that brought you to therapy. Of course there are many questions you may want to ask your potential therapist. Here are a few that can tell you more about their approach and experience:
- Who are some of the transgender and gender-nonconforming leaders that you follow?
- How many trans or gender-nonconforming clients have you worked with, over what period of time?
- Have you written letters for HRT (hormone replacement therapy) or GCS (gender confirming surgeries)?
- What type of training have you completed and how recent was the last one?
- What brought you to this specific work?
- Tell me about your personal or professional experience with the trans and gender-nonconforming community.
Set up a free consultation
I welcome individuals and couples who are seeking an affirming and welcoming setting where they can be themselves. For those who are seeking a therapist who is transgender, I am happy to make referrals.
Contact me for a free consultation and to schedule an appointment here, or by calling me directly at (562) 704-4736.