As a non-binary person, it took a lot of research and trying on different gender identities and terms to come to an understanding of who I am and where I fit in the complicated and diverse gender spectrosphere. My work with folks who are exploring their own gender identities falls in providing the space for them to try on and process all the options they may want in a safe and nonjudgmental space. I also provide support letters for medical transition.
LGBTQ issues are broad and complicated. Impacted by race, socioeconomic status, religion, geography, culture, etc. I view my role as looking at the broader picture and working with my clients to discover how they can integrate their various identities into a more comfortable whole.
Change and transition can be so challenging: fear, anxiety, excitement. What do I let go? What do I get to keep? What can the future look like? How do I get there? During my time working in foster care, part of my responsibility was writing a 10-week life skills curriculum for LGBTQIA+ youth who were preparing to age out of the system; this curriculum used the evidence-based Transition Framework, which I have continued to employ with my own client with great success.