Having practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have worked with many people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning. While there was less discrimination to contend with out there, I know that there is still discrimination everywhere, unfortunately Living in the Antelope Valley, I see many young people struggling to be accepted by their families, friends, and community. I feel honored that I am able to be a refuge for them, to figure out how to live amongst homophobia, transphobia, and general discrimination for things that mainstream society does not understand. To love oneself face of what others consider to be abnormal, is a gift and triumph.
I help children, adolescents and adults cope with an unwelcoming society as well as relationship issues, self-esteem, and depression. I am not queer-identified. However, I consider myself an ally who is comfortable in helping you cope with issues like family rejection, homophobia, transphobia, identity issues, bullying, nontraditional families, harassment, and interpersonal violence. LGBTQQIA clients have told me that they appreciate how open and frank they can be with me about very personal aspects of their lives. When they feel free to express themselves, they can heal faster because they are not so invested in having to hide. Every person deserves the right to love themselves unconditionally and enjoy life. I really enjoy helping people achieve that.
Let no one diminish you, for you are beautiful just as you are!