Unfortunately, I’m not able to accept new clients and am closing my waitlist. In order to honor established relationships, I may resume meetings with previously established clients upon request.
While my practice has a waitlist, you may want to meet with one of my supervisees: Brooke Seiz at https://evolvewellnesskc.com/ . I supervise Brooke’s counseling work. She has a masters degree in Counseling & Guidance and specializes in couples relationship therapy. She’s also certified in functional medicine and board certified in holistic medicine, which she also teaches. I don’t supervise Brooke’s medical/nutritional counseling practice but I can attest she’s a good couples’ psychotherapist!
I attended and organized many programs this year. LMK if you would like to discuss!
- Sexual Development and Attitudes of African American Women
- Sex and Sexuality in the Muslim Community
- More than Medicine: Alternative Treatments for ADHD
- Sex Therapy with Religiously Conservative Clients
- Inter-generational Transmission of Trauma on Adult Sexual Intimacy
- Couples After Pregnancy: Intimacy & Sexuality
- Racial Literacy: Racial Stress in Therapeutic Relationships
I also organized events through the LGBT Affirmative Therapists Guild. I facilitated the event & discussion and other professionals presented on the following topics:
- Hormone Therapy with Transgender Clients (medical provider panel)
- Weight Stigma
- HIV+: What Therapists Need to Know
- Lesbian-Affirming Client Care
- Reflections from LGBTQ Community Members
Here are some workshops I attended since my last update:
- Pros/cons of forgiveness after trauma
- treatment planning
- suicide assessment
- treating dissociation with EMDR (with Dolores Mosquera)
- restoring sexual development via body-based therapies (with Dr. Nan Wise)
- practicing during Covid-19: ethical & risk management
- Black & White therapeutic dyads (with Dr. Laurie Paul)
- developmental impact of shame
- negotiating racial stress within a therapeutic relationship (with Dr. Howard C. Stevenson)
- roots of self-sabotage
- religious trauma: negative effects of purity culture
- gender expansive & Non-Binary clients
- sexual taboos within the Black community (with Christina Wright, MPH)
- intimacy & sexuality after pregnancy (with Dr. Stephanie Buehler)
I also started a new EMDR Certification process through EMDR-specific supervision
I’m continuing to host therapy meetings by web conference; I’m not planning a return to in-office sessions. Meetings are held by a HIPAA-compliant version of Zoom or I can use VSee.com (also free to clients and HIPAA-compliant).
Thank you 2019! Here were the highlights!
- attended a 40 hour EMDR training
- hosted a panel presentation of conversion therapy survivors
- studied the enneagram
- obtained a Missouri counseling license (in addition to my Kansas one) & became a registered clinical supervisor
- favorite clinical book I read this year: The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing up Gay
- studied men & depression and narcissism
- facilitated a sex education program for adolescents
- organized five continuing education events for therapists (Helping Transgender Clients in Transition; Becoming a Resilient Leader; Understanding LGBTQ+ in Islam and Middle East Culture; Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Fantasy with Sexual Trauma Survivors; Therapeutic Touch Practitioners–a Collaborative Resource; and Therapeutic Considerations with LBGTQ+ Active Military and Veterans)
- joined a biweekly consultation group with 3 other professionals
I’ve been enjoying Brene Brown’s new book Dare to Lead. 2019 is my Year of Leadership 🙂 . The DTL online workbook helps self-assess leadership skills. I’ve often resisted the idea of being a leader because I’ve seen poor examples. I failed to fully see many positive examples of leadership in my life. I’m willing to make leadership contributions and I’m more prepared with the tools in Dare to Lead.
This Spring, I’m supervising 4 graduate counseling students in their Practicum field experience. I’ll help new counselors evaluate their work and design treatment plans. To prepare, I am taking two courses:
- “Clinical Supervision: Mastering the 4 Stages of Development” with Robert Taibbi, LCSW
- “Using Deliberate Practice to Enhance Clinical Skill Development” with Tony Rousmaniere, PsyD
Besides helping other counselors, it will help me continuously re-evaluate my own skills and assumptions.
This year I am one of Kansas City’s LGBT Affirmative Therapist Guild leaders. I am helping coordinate continuing education events for local therapists to develop their competencies with sexual and gender minority populations.
I’ve been reading Woman on Fire: 9 Elements to Wake up your Erotic Energy, Personal Power, and Sexual Intelligence. The 9 elements are: Voice, Release, Emotion, Body, Desire, Permission, Play, Home, and Fire. Amy Jo Goddard offers worksheets and exercises in each chapter to help individual women explore their sexual stories while identifying any stuck-ness, growth edges, preferred experiences, and experiments. I may refer to some of Goddard’s activities and resources as tools to bolster therapy.