LGBTQ2S+

If you are seeking unconditional acceptance and respect, strict confidentiality, a collaborative counselling approach you have come to the right place.  Counselling with me is a safe place to be queer.

I offer secure, online video counselling to individuals and couples in the LGBTQ2S+ community.  

 

What does LGBTQ2S+ stand for?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Two-Spirit. 

 

Anti-Oppressive Counselling

As a clinical social worker, I am trained in anti-oppressive practice. This is an engaging, caring, solidarity-based counselling that is always attentive to the way different structures of oppression manifest in our daily lives, more often than not in very traumatic ways.  

 

This is particularly true for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community who continue to face prejudice and discrimination simply because their sexuality and/or gender identity are outside heterosexual cisgender norms.  Many LGBTQ2S+ people continue to endure hardship and intolerance from within their families of origin, their places of work and school, and from various political and religious factions who openly condemn LGBTQ2S+ members. The impact of this cannot be underestimated. 

Why counselling? 

Hearing the message over and over again that your sexuality and/or gender identity is wrong, or bad, or inferior in some way, leads to feelings of internalized homophobia and/or internalized gender phobia. This felt sense of shame can lead to a diminished sense of self-identity and self-worth, which can put members of the LGBTQ2S+ community at greater risk for substance use, depression and anxiety, and suicide, as they try to cope with this pain and suffering.

Utilizing a social justice lens, I provide trauma-informed mental health care.  I understand how systemic oppression (e.g. racism, sexism, ableism/disablism, homophobia, transphobia) can contribute to symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and substance use.

Substance Use and LGBTQ2S+

The issues that are specific to the lives of LGBTQ2S+ people that may affect their alcohol and substance use.  I have post-graduate clinical training in addictions and one of my areas of focus is substance use in the LGBTQ2S+ community, including chemsex / party and play among gay men and men who have sex with men.  

 

As your counsellor, I don't impose my goals on you.  Abstinence isn't the goal unless it's your goal.  

I am committed to supporting LGBTQ2S+ clients with effective, respectful, anti-oppressive counselling to explore a variety of issues and concerns including:

  • Questioning - still figuring out who you are

  • Coming out 

  • Rejection / discrimination by family, friends, employers and others

  • Internalized shame, difficulty with self-acceptance

  • Developing positive sense of self-worth and identity

  • Substance Use

  • Parenting

  • Body image 

  • Sex, intimacy

  • Chemsex / Party and Play

  • Marriage / long-term partnerships

  • Domestic violence

  • Aging

  • Grief and loss

  • Transgender

    • coming out

    • being misgendered

    • gender reaffirming medical care

    • medical and social transitioning
       

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"There's nothing wrong with you. There's just a lot wrong with the world we live in."      
- Chris Colfer