I have been involved in the Queer community for over 20 years and have had the privilege to work with many individuals who find they belong somewhere along the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning spectrum.
It is crucial to know that you are understood and supported when entering into a therapeutic relationship. Sexuality and Gender Identity issues can be intense and deserve to be explored in an open and caring way. Coming out to yourself, to your people or to your world is a life-altering process.
Sexuality and gender identity can also be just another component of you as a person, no more of an issue as your race, the color of your eyes, or what kind of ice cream you like.
I provide an open, welcoming space where you are the one who decides what your issues are.
The world is much different than it was when I came out 24 years ago. I would have never have believed America would be in a place where we as a community are accepted as a fact of life and not something that should be ”cured” or hidden. The federal government, the supreme court, the president, and even the pope have taken supportive positions. The work that has been done in the name of GLBTQ civil rights is astounding to me and I am eternally grateful.
I had an experience recently of working with a 14-year-old young man who was seeing me because he was having suicidal thoughts. During the initial meeting he reveled that he had just come out as gay to his family and in his school. Assuming the worst I asked if he had received any negative feedback. He looked at me with surprise and said “no.” I then asked him if his suicidal feelings had anything to do with coming out and he again said “no.” I said it was wonderful that he had been supported and that it had not always been that way. He responded by saying “Really, I did not know that.”
I was blown away.