I genuinely love helping all clients and seeing them grow in therapy, but I went into private practice in order to specifically serve the LGBTQ+ community. As both a therapist and an LGBTQ+ identified woman, I am passionate about increasing support for sexual and gender minorities, including individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and/or pansexual.
I realized there are many therapists who are not competent to work with LGBTQ+ clients, or to treat certain LGBTQ+ related issues. Because therapists are people too, they are at risk of holding the same prejudices against sexual and gender minorities that are still very prevalent in society. Sometimes they are simply uneducated about or have no experience working with such issues, and as therapists, we are ethically obligated to only provide treatment in areas for which we have gained competency and training.
This is why I also spend part of my time working toward educating those in my profession about LGBTQ+ issues. I have given presentations and lectures on LGBTQ+ issues in both agency and college/university settings and continually educate about LGBTQ+ issues, as I think it is important to advocate for my clients in the public sphere as much as I help them in personal counseling.
I am a proud member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, which is a global organization whose mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and healthcare providers.
I provide office based counseling to LGBTQ+ clients in St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as online counseling to clients anywhere in Florida.
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