sex & gender therapy
therapy for sexual concerns
As sexual intimacy can evoke powerful emotional and relational experiencing (both joyful and painful), these issues are often linked to psychological patterns that can be identified and changed. Therapy to address sexual concerns can vary widely based on the person or couple, but generally involves an initial assessment followed by the creation of a therapeutic plan and goals. We will move forward at a pace that works for you. Typical sessions involve discussing sexual history, current experiences, and vision for the future. I may suggest exercises to try on your own, with a partner, or as a couple. I understand that sexual issues are often accompanied by feelings of shame, guilt, and confusion. Know that you are welcome here and that I will do my very best to help you feel accepted, understood, and comfortable.
therapy and evaluation for gender identity concerns
I am a cisgender woman with a background of training and research in transgender mental health. I view gender as a fluid, complex manifestation of human identity related to social, psychological, and physiological factors, and I believe each person is the expert on their own experience of gender. Working with clients who identify as transgender, genderqueer, and nonbinary is a primary focus of my practice. This includes clients who are questioning or exploring their gender identity.
I am strong advocate for making the process of gender transition less invasive and expensive for transgender, genderqueer, and nonbinary people. Need a letter for hormones or surgery? I have dedicated time slots for these evaluations and am able to schedule most clients for an evaluation within 1-2 weeks.
If you are queer, LGB, trans or nonbinary, kinky, poly, aligned with a fetishistic or stigmatized sexual identity, or otherwise at higher risk for being ostracized for your sexual practices, there's a strong chance I may be a good fit for you. Do you describe yourself as "normal," "boring," or "vanilla?" Come on in! Every person and relationship is likely to present with issues that are very common and issues that are unique to you. My job is to help you understand yourself and achieve your therapeutic goals with acceptance and understanding.