While many get much help from books and online forums, individualized care can be crucial for many people. Individual sessions provide a tailored opportunity to deal with their problems as well as the benefit of the therapist's knowledge and experience.
Active clients also get the opportunity to get support through secure messaging as a free part of their therapy. Clients can opt to check in throughout the week and get support to speed their progress.
Many people find it intimidating to think about sharing their private lives with others, group therapy offers a unique opportunity to help people overcome shame. Group provides unique opportunities not otherwise available in individual sessions.
On the Clinical Side
I am a Masters-level clinician and I am licensed in the state of Indiana as a mental health counselor (LMHC) and in the state of Kentucky as a professional clinical counselor (LPCC). In addition I hold certification as a clinical tele-mental health provider (CTMH), which means I have specific training in providing therapy online that ensures a high quality and safe telehealth experience.
With a number of tested and effective methods, my approach is versatile and flexible to meet each person where they are. Foundationally, my approach comes from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) that teaches emotions will always be a part of your life. But emotions do not have to be a liability nor to they need to hold you back from having a full and satisfying life.
While the majority of my clients are LGBTQIA+, my clinical skills extend beyond those particular concerns. Ultimately counseling is about working through challenges of life in the context of a safe environment. Some typical topics that I regularly address in therapy are:
Life Changes and Adjustments
Simplifying one’s life and mind
Anxiety and Stress, Worry, and Fear
Relaxation techniques and strategies
Feelings of Shame
Feeling Stuck and setting goals
Depression and emotional overwhelming feelings
Addressing experiences with trauma and past hurts
Overactive mind and Intrusive negative thoughts
Self-Discovery and Self-Actualization
Finding your life purpose and meaning
Finding your inner voice and truth
While I do offer support sessions that may include family members or partners, I do not offer family, couples, or marriage therapy.
Gender Counseling and Transition Services:
Gender is such a basic part of our experience as human beings and therefore fundamental to how we know ourselves, how others know us, and how we navigate our lives socially, emotionally, and relationally. Gender counseling can help you to discover more about yourself and extinguish shame that you feel about you experience of gender diversity.
Your experience of gender is unique to you and navigating both discouragement and pressure from others about what to do and how to express yourself can be overwhelming. While it is not essential to have a counselor who shares your experiences, my own gender diverse experience can help elevate your ability to feel safe and find healing.
Addressing questions about gender identity
Resolving internalized phobias
Coping with Dysphoria and finding ways to experience "gender euphoria"
Navigating a world where you feel misunderstood
Coming out to (or what I prefer to think of as "inviting in") friends, family, and work
Identifying and understanding emotions and experiences related to transition
Deciding what steps to take or not to take in transition
Sessions with family members and partners who would like to understand and find ways to support you
Referrals to helpful medical services where you will feel affirmed
Letters to support your gender-affirming medical care
A Note about Referral Letters:
Depending on your situation, we may be able to complete a referral letter in only a few sessions. These letters will be composed during a therapy session and will be made available to you once you have uploaded a photo ID to the client portal and you have paid your session fees in full.
Having questions about gender identity can feel quite isolating and when making decisions about potential transition, lonelier still. Trans* Group is a great way to connect with others who relate to your experiences to help build community and to get helpful information about how to navigate the world with these real internal experiences.
Our group meets on Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST. The discussion format is fairly flexible and we also use the book You and Your Gender Identity as a guide for plumbing the depths of our identities and rooting out internalized transphobia (hate and anxiety of self because of gender identity).
To join, please reach out to schedule an initial appointment so I can get to know you and talk to you about the group.