LGBTQ Therapy in Atlanta:
As an out gay man, I understand the complexity of the personal and social factors that influence, add stress or set the agenda for growth in your LGBTQ life and relationship. I promote awareness about issues personal to LGB people and can meet you where you are on your personal journey. I also do work with the transgender and gender non-conforming community to break down barriers to health and well-being. Parents, family and friends of the LGBTQ community are an important part of the support network. Individual, partner or same sex marriage counseling is a safe way to grow, heal and work on relationships, coming out, your family, same sex marriage issues, fertility treatments, child adoption, pregnancy, motherhood / fatherhood, gay and lesbian parenting, divorce, discrimination, LGBT and gay rights, immigration, fitting in, grief, loss and multicultural or cross-cultural issues.
Another area of focus is my work with polyamorous individuals and couples. I have learned much from the poly community, particularly about the sophisticated and careful consideration of boundaries and agreements that make poly relationships flourish. I invite poly clients and couples to consider my practice for your therapy needs.
Discovering your sexual orientation or gender identity can be a confusing or sometimes terrifying experience. Some people find that they experience significant social anxiety, depression, or even suicidal thoughts. You are not alone! A therapist like me can help guide you safely through your coming out process and be an encouraging voice in your life.
LGBTQ Relationships and Parenting:
Many different family constellations exist, where children are raised in blended, divorced, single or two parent households and relationships. Having a child and building a family may be a dream come true, a miracle or something you wanted your whole life. Going forward may depend on sleepless nights, money, time, and scheduling. It may also be a time of stress, a pregnant partner, mourning, assisted conception, fertility doctors, IUI, IVF, surrogacy agencies, complicated expectations and pending adoption for gay dads and lesbian moms, that your friends and family may not understand about same sex couples or LGBT parents. Having an open dialogue between you and your spouse or partner is essential to having a healthy and respectful gay and lesbian relationship. However, there may be times where the existential human needs, opportunities and situations affect the compassion, love or makes you overwhelmed, hurt and afraid. Working with a therapist may ease the pain or provide support along the road to parenthood so you can be at ease, learn tools to avoid conflicts and prepare yourself for parenthood. I understand the importance, patience and compromise affecting your daily life when going through the process of planning for the future and having a child. That is why I, as an LGBT therapist, have established a safe environment for my clients.
Counseling for Trans* Clients:
Whether you identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, gender fluid, gender queer, or are questioning your gender identity, I am ready to provide you support. As a trans friendly therapist I am committed to being sensitive to your mental health concerns. I'm ready to help you embrace yourself and work on becoming your best version of yourself. Maybe all you need is a safe and respectful environment to talk about issues unrelated to gender identity. Let me help you reach your goals.
Stress in our Political Climate:
The is a lot of uncertainty these days regarding new "religious protection" laws which enshrine discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. This ongoing negative and sometimes violent attention directed toward LGBTQ individuals can lead to what we now recognize as a unique type of stress – chronic minority stress. The concept of minority stress comes from the idea that it's just plain hard being a gender or sexual minority in a heterocentric and cissexist culture. Because many LGBTQ people are reminded often about how different they are from heterosexual and cisgender expectations, an individual can become particularly vulnerable to the effects of stress – especially if the individual is forced to discover his or her identity alone. People who experience this particular type of stress face many of the same symptoms that victims of hate crimes experience including:
- Problems with sleep
- Irritability and Anger
- Mild paranoia
- Feeling emotionally distant from others
- Lack of appetite