Kristen Martinez, M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHCA, NCC
LGBT counseling is one of my passions; I love working with people in the LGBT+ community and have been doing so since 2014. I have chosen to add “+” after LGBT to show that this phrase is constantly changing and is inclusive not only of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities, but also of others, including but not limited to queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, two-spirit, and more.
You may be experiencing some stress, worry, or anxiety. Maybe you’re feeling sad, lonely, tearful, tired, or hopeless. You might be angry, frustrated, or upset. These feelings are tempting to hide with drugs or alcohol, risky sexual behaviors, overexercising, self-injury, or other harmful coping behaviors, but they won’t go away unless you can face them head-on.
Kristen’s Counseling Approach
Questioning your identity can be scary. Coming to terms with an LGBT+ identity may be challenging for you. Living with that identity might be even more difficult. It can be hard to accept yourself as you truly are when all you see is hatred and ignorance around you. Stigma, discrimination, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism are real. There is nothing wrong with you; it is the culture all around you that is sick.
If you need support, I would be honored to give you a safe space to explore these issues. LGBT+ affirmative counseling and therapy is empowering, understanding, and proactive. Together we can build a foundation of trust that encourages you to cultivate stronger relationships with your loved ones, increase your self-worth and confidence, and be at peace with and love who you really are. While I unfortunately cannot write letters for accessing gender-affirming care, I can provide you with referrals for colleagues who do.
LGBT+ affirmative counseling and therapy underscores that your gender or sexual identity or orientation is only one facet of your identity. You have multiple identities that may waver in importance or salience at any point in time. What you come into counseling for may have nothing at all to do with this facet of your identity, and I understand this important distinction.