A “Sexuality 4 + 1” breakdown informs my approach when addressing issues with, and how trauma intersects with, sexuality formation and sexual health.
I utilize research on the 6 Stages of Coming Out to help you navigate the coming out process, including the risks and benefits of both disclosing your sexual identity and/or remaining “in the closet” due to safety concerns. Coming out can be necessary, liberating, and traumatic. The journey to self-discovery is individualized, AND, you do not have to do it alone.
Gender Identity and the experience with gender formation can be broken down into four components: Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Gender Role, and Sex Assigned at Birth. This breakdown informs my approach and understanding of issues with gender identity formation and Gender Dysphoria.
Explore and experience your gender identity in a space that you make safe for you. As a client-led therapist, my goal is to adapt my language and environment to match your authentic self. I trust that you are the expert on you and I would be honored to witness your authenticity and courage.
Gender Affirming Services
As stated in WPATH SOC 7, the experience of “discomfort or distress that is caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth” and “associated” primary/secondary sex characteristics and gender roles occurs for many gender nonconforming/Trans* people.
Treatment is beneficial and individualized for each person. Beyond the affirming therapy approaches used in my modalities and style, I also provide letter-writing in support of accessing gender-affirming medical services, should that be the intervention needed to alleviate gender dysphoria.
The “letter-writing” service is not provided with a standard template or format. “Letter-writing” is the documentation of the therapeutic discussions and requested interventions agreed upon in sessions with your therapist. This service is provided competently by following strict ethical standards from WPATH, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, and professional experience. Insightful Minds Counseling, LLC requests that clients seeking this service contract to work with their therapist for a minimum of five sessions.