Youth, (ages 11 to 21) who identify as non-heterosexual or cisgender have a unique set of needs! In my practice, I’ve found that queer youth navigate many difficult situations that their heterosexual and cisgender peers do not, including difficulty coming out, any transition tasks, as well as queer phobia that may be present in relationships with friends, schools, and family members. Adolescents and young adulthood is already difficult enough without these elements present. Many of the clients I work with have increased risk of self-harm and suicide ideation, which is not uncommon in the queer community at large. I have supported many queer youth as they manage suicidal thoughts while going about their daily lives.
I also have specific experience assisting youth with transition tasks, like seeking puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and top surgery. I work closely with the True Center for Gender Diversity at Children’s Hospital of Colorado to provide affirming, knowledgeable, and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) Standards of Care-aligned support for those seeking these tasks.
I’ve been told by my clients that, as someone who identifies as part of the queer community, I’ve been able to “get” their experience in a unique way. They’ve told me that it feels like I’m on their “side
and my use of humor and nerdy knowledge is a bonus. Contact me today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about my experience and abilities working with queer youth.