Celebrating Queerness & Affirming You
Working with a therapist who doesn't really get you is straight unhelpful. Therapy, of all contexts, shouldn't be a place where you feel like you need to omit aspects of who you are to make someone else feel more comfortable. When you have to tuck away the parts of yourself that others aren't okay with in order to be loved, you implicitly agree to feel a little less okay with them yourself. Being our full and unfiltered selves means finding the places where we feel at home and don't have to hide. But finding a queer therapist can be tough, even in the Bay Area.
My practice is a space that celebrates queer identities. I connect well with folks who have felt misunderstood, judged or pathologized in therapy, and I hold the belief that all identities should be valued, honored, and respected. Wherever it is that you locate yourself across the spectrums of gender and sexuality, I see you and you are welcome here.
Being LGBTQIA+ can be a truly wonderful and joyful experience. It also comes with a unique set of challenges, particularly as we understand ourselves as a historically judged community. We know that LGBTQIA+ folks have disproportionately higher rates of mental health problems. This isn't surprising, particularly in the world we find ourselves in at this moment in time, given that our community has been disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the cumulative impact of trauma across the lifespan.
If you have concerns about your mental health or emotional wellbeing, working with a therapist who is sensitive to issues facing the queer community can help. Whether you’re exploring your identity, grappling with trauma and loss, having trouble in relationships, struggling with shame and self-loathing, or simply need support that takes into account the totality of your life experiences, my door is open to you. When you're ready, just reach out.