LGBTQ+ Issues

I endeavour to be an ally to members of the LGBTQ+ communities. I strive for a position of humility in my practice and it is my clients who ultimately decide on whether I have been a true ally or not.

Clients who attend my downtown Vancouver counselling and psychotherapy office tell me that I am a counsellor who helps them feel comfortable and at ease. They understand that they can talk without being judged and that I will listen. I provide therapy for clients with a variety of life concerns, including:

GLBTQ+ clients also come to Willow Tree Counselling for help with:

  • Questioning
  • Coming out (including “late” coming out)
  • Parenting
  • Transgender issues
  • Asexuality/Aromanticism
  • Homophobia / biphobia / transphobia
  • Body image issues / eating disorders
  • Rejection and discrimination by family, friends, employers and others
  • Misgendering
  • Isolation and small town upbringings
  • Polyamorous or open relationships
  • Marriage / long-term partnerships
  • Domestic violence
  • Aging
  • Grief and loss
  • HIV issues / sexual health

If you are seeking unconditional acceptance and respect, strict confidentiality, a collaborative counselling approach, a calming office environment, and over a decade of experience helping clients who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, you have come to the right place! Every identity is welcome here. I encourage you to contact me for a free 15 minute telephone consultation to ask questions and determine whether I am a good fit for you. I look forward to hearing from you!

Recommended Books

A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities by Mady G. & Jules Zuckerberg (2019)

The ‘101’ of the LGBTQ communities in a short illustrated guide: sexuality, gender identity, coming out, navigating relationships and more.

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by A. Bongiovanni & T. Jimmerson (2018)

Mini illustrated guide packed with info and suggestions on using they/them pronouns. Especially recommended for family and friends.

Beyond The Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon (2020)

The title says it all. A concise readable work.

Resources

Trans Lifeline

Peer support hotline run by and for trans people.

Wellness Together Canada

Canada-wide, 24/7 professional phone counselling and other support options.

Crisis Services and Hotlines in Vancouver

One-page sheet, updated quarterly.

Health Initiative for Men (HIM)

Dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men.

Vancouver Friends For Life

Specialized support programs, including counselling, for persons living with HIV, cancer, hepatitis C and other illnesses.

Reduced-Cost Counselling [PDF]

A resource list of lower-cost professional counselling options in Vancouver. Corrections and suggestions welcome.

PFLAG

604-626-5667`
Info, referral and peer support to family members and friends of the LGBTQ+ communities.

Qmunity

604-684-5307
Serving and supporting LGBTQ+ folks  and their allies. Programs, information and referral.