Psychotherapy

It's not possible to be socialized in a dominant heteronormative culture and not consciously or subconsciously pick up heteronormative, or homophobic and transphobic, beliefs. As such, the most important, and empowering, journey an LGBTQ person and/or ally can take is to consciously heal their inner-scripts.

As an LGBTQ-affirmative and client-centered therapist, I look at each of my clients through an affirmative and humanistic lens. Meaning that I see the problem as the problem and not the person. My work is to affirm who you are while holding space for the potential of who you know you can be.

 

Sometimes called the "inner critic," inner-scripts often control the way we operate our lives without our even realizing it. An inner-script is a sort of program that runs in our minds and tells us (overtly or covertly in some way or another) that we aren't good enough, we don't do enough, and there is never enough.

Just like physical exercise, unless we actively do the work, we won’t see the results. By consciously committing to identifying and healing our inner-scripts, we begin the first step to actualizing our lives. We become more self-confident to live a life of purpose, fulfillment, and freedom. 

As a Therapist, I specialize in:

  • LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology 

  • Internalized Homophobia

  • Self Esteem

  • Coming Out

  • Body Image 

  • Men’s Issues

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Substance Abuse and Sobriety

  • Family Conflict

  • Spirituality

  • Family Addiction

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics 

  • Life Transitions 

  • Career Counseling

Please email me at info@aroadtriptolove.com to request a free 15-minute consultation if you're interested in working together. 

Chris Tompkins

Chris is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #134537. He has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a specialization in LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology. 

Chris is supervised by Shane Bruce, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #50773.

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Special note about Therapy

I've worked with a Life Coach and a Therapist and to be honest, I never really understood the difference until I had the experience of working with both.

 

Working with a Life Coach can be about goal-setting, working on a project, accountability, and uncovering the blocks that prevent us from achieving our goals.

Working with a Therapist involves helping repair relational ruptures, feeling truly heard and seen, processing the parts of our past that continue to effect our present, and learning to accept ourselves (flaws and all). It can also involve diagnosing mental health conditions as prescribed in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition).

 

As both a Life Coach and a Therapist, I have the ability to switch hats. The work I do with my coaching clients, though, is different from the clinical work I do in therapy.

 

Also, as an AMFT licensed by the State of California, all my therapy clients are based in California. Whereas, my coaching clients live across the United States.