Affirming Counseling and Psychotherapy for Transgender Clients and their families
I am a member of WPATH, contribute to discussions at WPATH biennial symposia, and presented on the subject of healthy,embodied spirituality for Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious transgender people. I am part of a team currenlty creating a therapist curriculum in cultural competence for serving transgender clients, for use by the GLBT Community Center in Denver, CO. I helped create the LGBT affirming training manual for the Center, already in use. I have trained progressive clergy in transgender cultural competence at the American Assn for Pastoral Counselors annual conference and presented a paper to a workgroup of the Society for Pastoral Theology’s annual conference, among other presentations to local and national groups, including at USPATH’s first annual conference in 2017. My work is largely in assisting clients to identity needs, resolve obstacles and embark on and complete social and medical transition as they desire; to inform family and clergy members who are concerned about religious implications of spiritual abuse by institutional religions; to contribute to affirming practical theology for people of diverse religious traditions; and to offer individual and group therapy to teens, adults and families. My entrance into this work is through my own journey: My former husband is now my closest woman friend and in 1994, I began the journey toward advocacy as a mental health and pastoral therapist. I am straight and cis, but not narrow or static or rigid. I feel fortunate to be welcomed to serve.