LGBTQ+ Support

I endeavour to be an ally to members of the LGBTQIA2S+ 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:

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

  • Questioning
  • Coming out (including “late” coming out)
  • Parenting
  • Transgender issues
  • Asexuality
  • 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
  • Neurodivergence
  • Disability issues

If you are seeking unconditional respect, strict confidentiality, a collaborative counselling approach, a calming office environment, and many years of experience as a therapist, 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

The book links on this page are Amazon Associate links; if you choose to make a purchase through them, I may earn a small commission which I use to fund my low-cost counselling resource lists. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family by Rowan Jete Knox (2019)

A trans family memoir, including what is possible when love is the priority.

It’s About You Too: Reducing the Overwhelm for Parents of LGBTQ+ Kids by Tracy Whitmore (2023)

The author stresses that when parents can honour their own thoughts, feelings and reactions to  their LGBTQ+ children’s gender and/or sexuality journeys, they are in the best position to wholeheartedly support their children. A practical, encouraging book.

The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth by Jo Langford (2020)

While designed for youth, this book–written by a sex-educator and longtime therapist–has practical and helpful information for parents who wish to better undersand and support their LGBTQ+ children.

The Transgender Child: Revised & Updated Edition: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Nonbinary Children by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper (2022)

A thorough guide for families wanting to understand and affirm their transgender, gender-expansive, or nonbinary child, including transition-related information and guidance.

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

9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline

Call or text 9-8-8, from anywhere in Canada, 24/7.

Trans Care BC

Equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province. Also has a database of resources and groups for trans folks and their loved ones.

Vancouver Low-Cost Counselling List

List of private master’s-level counsellors, or their interns, offering subsidized counselling. Updated quarterly.

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

Resource list, updated quarterly.

Health Initiative for Men (HIM)

Services 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.