Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
LGBTQIA+ AFFIRMATIVE THERAPY
Living as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in West Texas isn’t always easy, even if you have a support system around you.
Maybe you’re trying to explore and understand yourself and your sexual and/or gender identity, but you don’t know where to turn or who to talk to. You might be having difficulties in reconcilling the messages you received from the society, your community, maybe even your family, friends, or your faith about your identity and who you are.
I will also provide you with a space where you will not be judged or pathologized for who you are when you are seeking therapy for things going on in your life, whether or not they have anything to do with your identity.
family support and education
If someone in your family recently came out to you, you may be struggling in processing what this means for you, your relationship, and your family overall. It can be a time of many conflicting emotions: fear, love, rejection, denial, hope, confusion, and many more.
As a parent, you may be mourning some of the experiences and expectations you might’ve had for your child. As a partner, you may be questioning what this means for your intimate relationship and what it even means for your own identity.
You want to show acceptance and understanding, but those things might not be quite there for you: maybe all you feel right now is hurt and fear, maybe even rejection. Therapy can be a space for you to process these emotions as well gain some general psychoeducation, without having to put all of that emotional burden on the person in your life who took a very big, and often scary, step when they came out to you.
evaluations for gender affirmative medical treatments
I also offer specific appointments if you are seeking a referral for gender affirmative medical treatments, but you are not planning on working with me as your therapist on an on-going basis. I follow the Standards of Care as specified by WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), which are often used by medical providers and insurance companies. I support the informed consent model set out by WPATH, but I also understand that we are at a place right now where letters are still a requirement for certain types of treatment.
If you are needing a letter, we will have a brief consultation (over phone or video) so that I have an understanding of what procedure(s) you are seeking, your approximate timeframe, and the medical provider’s information (if available). From there, I will send you a detailed assessment to fill out before our evaluation appointment. Finally, we will meet, either in person or over video if you are not local to my office, so that I can collect some additional information from you and discuss what you can expect next. In most cases, a single evaluation appointment is all that we will need.