Having practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have worked with many people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning. Exposure, compassion, and experience helped me become an LGBT+ friendly therapist. While there was less discrimination to contend with in the SF Bay Area, I know that there is still discrimination everywhere. This is very unfortunate and I see firsthand how it negatively impacts adolescent and adult members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Living in the Antelope Valley, I see many young people struggling to be accepted by their families, friends, and community. There is a lot of grief and loss accompanied by rejection by family, friends and peers. In addition, the bullying and harassment that many experience is often traumatizing.
If you are reading this and you identify as LGBTQ+, I want you to know that this is a safe space for you to deal with your grief, trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as your self esteem issues. I feel honored that I am able to be a refuge for you. I can help you figure out how to live amongst homophobia, transphobia, and general discrimination for things that mainstream society does not understand. To love yourself in the face of what others consider to be "abnormal" is a gift and triumph.
I can assist you if you're an adolescent and adult to cope with an unwelcoming society. We can also work on getting along better with yourself and others.
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. LGBTQ+ clients have told me that they appreciate how open and frank they can be with me about very personal aspects of their lives. When you feel free to express yourself, you can heal faster because you are not so invested in having to hide. Every person deserves the right to love themselves unconditionally and enjoy life. I look forward to helping you to achieve that.
Let no one diminish you; you are beautiful just as you are!