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 Psychotherapist, I look at each of my clients' lives through an LGBTQ-affirmative lens. Meaning that I see heteronormativity, daily microaggressions, little t trauma, religious/spiritual trauma, queerphobia, and the effects of unresolved internalized queerphobia as the problem and not the person.
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 improving our lives. We become more self-confident to live a life of purpose, fulfillment, and freedom.
As a Therapist, I also specialize in:
- Self Esteem
- Life Transitions
- Career Counseling
- Substance Abuse and Sobriety
- Family Conflict
- Family Addiction Challenges
- Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families
Please email me at email@example.com to request a free consultation if you're interested in working together.
Chris is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. 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 #44444.
Cost per Session: $150 - $200
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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 is much more 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).
As both a Life Coach and a Therapist, I have the ability to switch hats, but the work I do with coaching clients is different from the 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 around the world.