You are fabulous and you deserve to be accepted for who you are. Whatever stage you're at, I won't assume your gender or sexual orientation is the reason for counselling, unless you identify this as an area of concern or exploration. If you're questioning or just want to know more, that's ok too! I can meet you where you're at.
Many LGBTQI2SA+ folks find that health professionals assume their sexuality or gender is the reason for seeking support. And for some, that may be the case, particularly when it comes to coming out, transitioning or family acceptance. However, I have found that many LGBTQI2SA+ people, including trans, gender-queer and non-binary folks are looking for an informed, non-judgmental and accepting place where they can talk about issues and learn new strategies to cope with challenges. My aim is to create a safer space, where your sexuality and gender are not assumed to be the ‘problem’, and where we collaborate on the process.
You might be unsure of your sexuality or need support to come out. You will not experience pressure from me to do anything that feels uncomfortable or unsafe - we can discuss what your gender and sexuality means to you. Therapy can give you space to talk about this and explore what you want to do.
I also support partners, family members and friends wanting to learn more about LGBTQI2SA+ issues.
My lived experience, theoretical orientation and professional training inform my feminist, anti-oppressive approach. I identify as queer, settler, cisgender female and white. I completed a Collaborative program in Sexual Diversity Studies within my MEd from the University of Toronto, within which I studied queer approaches to community organizing and theories in sexual and gender diversity. In addition to this background, I continually seek out formal and informal information and training to stay up to date on LGBTQI2SA+ issues.
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Note: The LGBTQ2SA+ acronym reflects persons who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Agender, Genderqueer, Bigender, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirit, etc. The plus sign + is used to recognize that there are more sexual orientations and gender expressions than any acronym or initialism can cover, and language is constantly changing. Other acronyms or umbrella terms are in common usage, such as QUILTBAG, GLBT, etc.