Heteroflexible Therapy is an open and affirming practice for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning.
Same Sex Couples Counseling
Relationships are difficult. They take work. Are you and your partner finding that you are not as connected as you once were? Are you finding that sex is not as fulfilling or that you have lost the intimate connection you desire? Perhaps you are merging families and want to learn how to integrate two families into one? Connie Studer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is skilled at working with couples to enhance their relationships however they define them; open, monogamous, or polyamorous.
Whether you are wondering if you may be transgender or are planning to transition, research shows that having a trained therapist is important to assist you on your journey. We will work together to investigate options available to you. It is important that all of your health care professionals communicate and work together to help you reach your personal goals. Connie Studer understands the steps needed to change genders and will work with you to define your health care team.
Connie is a member of WPATH, World Professional Association for Transgender Health. In addition to individual therapy and support for the transgender individual she works with companies to assure a smooth transition for them and their co-workers.
In order to assure a smooth transition with a minimum of negative impact on productivity in the workplace many companies have engaged an outside resource to educate personnel about what it means to be transgender/transsexual. Organizations will usually want to contract with an expert transgender consultant who can offer unbiased opinions and share diversity information from an experienced, objective perspective. Input from an outsider can be extremely valuable, for it is usually less subjective, biased, and/or opinionated than contributions from an in-house person may be.
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Coming out process
How do I tell my family, friends, spouse, and co-workers? Will they embrace me or reject me? These are very difficult questions and oftentimes it makes sense to have a trained professional to help you through the process. As a therapist who works in family systems, Connie understands the struggles and the risks of coming out. Therapy generally starts with the individual and then incorporates family sessions to facilitate communication and hopefully acceptance.
Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Past Trauma, Family Issues…
Many individuals who are in the LGBTQQ community have worked through the coming out process and are comfortable with their sexual/gender identity for the most part. They may have sought therapy in the past for issues such as depression, anxiety, addictions, past trauma, or relationships and found that the therapist did not understand, or at worse pathologized their sexual identity. Heteroflexible Therapy is a warm and supportive practice that can help you to recover from many issues while affirming your sexual/gender identity.