People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”
Many places around the world are becoming accepting of the LGBTQAI community, but that doesn’t mean that individuals in this community feel safe or connected. Coming out is a rite of passage that LGBTQAI often go alone, into a homophobic and heteronormative society, and without mentors to guide them. I specialize in working with this community.
I am here to remind you, that things can get better.
I am an out and proud therapist and I understand the complexity of emotions that often accompany coming out or being out: a process and life that is often filled with fear, isolation, stigma, shame, and marginalization. I have tremendous support from my family and community and I strive to pay it forward through resources, support, and understanding.
Depression or anxiety
Disconnection from “The Community” and/or family
Internalized homophobia (click for more information)
Loneliness & dating struggles
Alcohol & drug use
In January 2017 I decided I was ready to talk truth. To come out. To be me. This time going to therapy helped me to understand what was getting in my way and to find the courage to speak the truth. I have never felt more like myself, free and loving.
When I first met Dr. Howard I was terrified. I was terrified to go to therapy and I was terrified of the truths that might be confronted. I laugh now at that terrified feeling; who was I hiding from anyway? I have repaired the relationship with my partner that felt so broken. This took a lot of self-work over the years working with Dr. Howard, but I have never felt so safe and connected with a therapist like I did with her. I am more mindful, creative, and free than I ever thought possible.