LGBTQ+

During different stages of development, individuals and families experience different challenges associated with identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or gender diverse.

​Young children who do not fit into binary representations of gender (masculine or feminine) or identify differently than their gender assigned at birth, struggle to have the support of parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, coaches, and peers. Navigating the process of even questioning gender orientation in young children can be confusing for parents and caregivers and stressful for kids. It is my aim to offer education and support to concerned caregivers and their children, and to advocate for the needs of the child.

​Teens who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in middle school and high school have a difficult time enduring all of the changes associated with this turbulent time. Increased academic responsibility, a changing and developing physical body, heightened self- consciousness, unpredictable peer relationships, increased consumption of media, peer pressure, expectations of parents and coaches, and a drive to become more independent; these pressures are overwhelming enough without the added stress of identifying as LGBTQ in a discriminatory environment. It is my job to offer education, support, and helpful strategies that will allow teens and families to thrive during this challenging time.

​Many adults who might identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or queer struggle with coming out both to themselves and to others. Adults may yearn to live a more authentic life but struggle with fear and shame surrounding their identity. Especially for older adults, there is a long history of discrimination often resulting in internalized homophobia and/or transphobia that needs to be unpacked. I see my role with adults as a guide in assisting in exploration. Viewing our histories from a queer friendly perspective can be liberating, and also allow for folks to feel empowered in creating their ideal future.

​Being in a partnership is difficult no matter your orientation. But being in a queer relationship carries added stressors associated with homophobia and/or transphobia. There are countless ways in which individuals struggle within their relationships. I hope to offer perspective on the role of politics in queer relationships and offer strategies to preserve your wellbeing.

 

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