For most women I work with, relationships bring them to counseling. Sometimes they come to talk about problems in their relationships with others. Arguments, intimacy, growing apart, criticism, stonewalling, feeling unappreciated, and estrangement are frequent topics of conversation. Other times, women want to focus on their relationship to self. Shame, being highly self-critical, low self-worth, setting boundaries, loneliness, and difficulty speaking up are other common topics of conversation.
For LGBTQIA2S+ people, there are often additional and unique challenges for navigating relationships with others and themselves in a heteronormative culture. Our families may be critical and shaming, the intimacy and importance of our platonic friendships may go unrecognized, our committed partnerships are often challenged by patriarchal norms, and we may have been shamed by religious institutions. As a result, many of us experience anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma.
How are your relationships? Are you experiencing judgement or shame from your family, friends, or coworkers? Are you struggling to find community or make friends as a person who recently came out as LGBTQIA2S+? Do you find yourself repeating the same relationship patterns over and over again? Are you feeling isolated and alone in rewriting the rules of relationships, challenging either/or binaries? Have you experienced religious trauma?
If any of these questions resonate with you, let's talk. I am a queer, sex-positive counselor with 15+ years of experience practicing, teaching, and researching counseling. I specialize in evidence-based mental health care for issues (e.g., anxiety, depression, loneliness, shame, trauma) that especially impact LGBTQIA2S+ people and women. In my practice, I set the stage for mental health magic, helping people focus on relational self-awareness and curating the relationships they desire.
I offer secure and confidential online individual, relationship (with your partners, friends, family), and group counseling to adolescent (14+) and adult residents of Georgia. This is an inclusive practice committed to affirming, anti-oppressive counseling for people of all races, ethnicities and nationalities, body sizes, abilities, sexualities, gender expressions, ages, socioeconomic classes, and relationship structures.