You've been feeling disconnected, frustrated, or unfulfilled when it comes to your experiences with sexuality, relationships, or parenting. You're finally ready to invest in any of these important parts of your life because you want a more satisfying, connected, nourishing existence and you don't want to keep putting it off or wishing things would just get better on their own. You're ready to understand what's holding you back, and to take action. You want to feel connected to yourself, your vitality, and to your loved ones, and now is the time to make it happen!
I have over 15 years of experience supporting people through life transitions and personal growth, and am now in private practice working with clients who want to create the life and relationships they yearn for. With specialized training in sexuality as well as relationships, I bring an integrated set of skills to support your goals for your life.
Reaching out for support, especially about personal things, can be difficult. We're not always used to putting these needs first. I love being able to collaborate, share my tools, skills, and insights, and see my clients thrive. Let's have a chat to see if we're a good fit for the work you want to do! Initial consults are always free. I'm here.
Want to learn more about this service’s work with Two-Spirit, trans, LGBQ+ people?
We invite all service providers listed on MindMapBC to answer the following questions. These questions were developed in collaboration with community members, researchers, and mental health and other service providers. They're intended to help us understand what a service provider or organization is doing to affirm and support sexual and gender diverse service users.
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Do you collect and use preferred names (rather than legal names) for all communications?
I believe it's critically important that my clients are able to have their preferred / correct names rather than legal names on forms and communications. If a client has to use a legal name for billing to submit for extended benefits, I will only ever use that name as the client directs me and will always respect the name clients ask me to address them by.
Are the forms used in your practice inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., opportunities to fill in pronouns, etc.)?
Inclusive of all orientations and identities, beyond just addition of pronouns but in how all questions / information are structured. Relationship styles and constellations of families are also inclusive.
Do you and your colleagues ask about pronouns and use them appropriately?
Clients themselves are the only people qualified to determine their correct pronouns.
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for trans individuals accessing your services?
Systemic biases, intersectionality, and power hierarchies all contribute to highly personal barriers trans* folks may face.
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for Two-Spirit individuals accessing your services?
—Yes, to some extent
I have only some experience with and information about the culture and experiences Two-Spirit individuals may have, and do not advertise myself as being knowledgeable or experienced in supporting 2S folks specifically.
Do you offer Indigenous 2S/LGBTQ+ specific resources, for example Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers?
I refer as needed in consultation with colleagues who have connection to these resources, but do not have personal connection to these resources.
Are you and your colleagues comfortable asking relevant questions about gender identity and sexual orientation?
Gender identity and sexual orientation are subjects many clients work on in this practice.
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for LGBQ individuals accessing your services?
Systemic biases, normative scripts, intersectionality, and power hierarchies all influence the barriers LGBTQ+ folks may face. This practice is owned and operated by a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Can you and your colleagues distinguish gender/identity dysphoria/distress from mental health conditions?
—Yes, to some extent
Referrals may be made for more diagnostic needs.
Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?
Are there clear anti-discrimination policies that include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation in your organization or practice?
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in decolonizing their practices and/or organization? If yes, please type below what actions you and/or your organization are taking.
Ongoing education / unlearning via bodies of work by Resmaa Menakem (Cultural Somatics Institute); University of Alberta's Indigenous Canada course; Indigenous Studies course at Camosun College Victoria BC; resources from BIPoC scholars and activists around decolonizing trauma work and looking critically at the institution of psychotherapy as being rooted in values / belief systems of white European men; understanding that colonialism and racism are insidious and do not disappear simply by believing they are unjust structures and beliefs.
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in anti-racist practices, policies, and systems in their care model?
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Last updated: January 12, 2022
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