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I grew up in a conservative town where LGBTQ individuals were frequently discriminated against.  In fact, I was called "dyke" on a semi-regular basis in high school (even before I realized I was gay).  Given these experiences, my main clinical interest is providing therapeutic services that are safe and affirming for LGBTQ individuals and their families.  My approach is to help clients explore and express themselves in whatever manner is authentic to them.  I believe trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) clients are the experts on their gender and they do not need to "fit" into any subscribed category.  I am comfortable using any client pronouns, and I make an effort to be aware of my cisgender, white, privilege.

Individual Clients

Most clients benefit from talking through their gender expression/sexual orientation in individual sessions.  As mentioned above, my primary concern is providing care that is affirming and supportive.  Together, clients and I can discuss their thoughts, questions, and concerns about gender identity and expression.  Clients who may be considering a social transition can feel comfortable wearing attire and using new pronouns in session.  I am happy to follow WPATH standards and provide letters, as needed, for medical intervention.  

Families

Has someone you love told you they are LGBTQ?  Are you wondering how to best support them?  Do you need to discuss your thoughts and concerns with an objective person?  Perhaps you would benefit from coming to a few sessions.  This is especially true for parents who are learning of their children's sexual orientation or gender identity.  Although I am completely supportive of LGBTQ individuals' self identity and expression, I am comfortable helping families work through their concerns and questions.  It has been my experience that many families want to be supportive of their family members, but they are unaware of the importance of using the client's name and pronouns, or they are hesitant because of fear of discrimination and safety concerns.

Resources

While psychotherapy can be an important element in living your best life, some clients and family members benefit greatly from online resources.  Below is a list of resources that either myself, my clients, or my colleagues have found helpful.  Please note, online content is constantly changing, therefore I am unable to guarantee the accuracy and helpfulness of these links for all individuals and situations.

For Gender Diverse Individuals

My Bandana Project - A website to help gender diverse people who are experiencing thoughts of self-harm and/or suicide

Gender Quest Workbook - A guidebook for teens and young adults exploring their gender identity

Trans Bodies Trans Selves - A resource for the trans community

Transgender Guidebook - "Keys to a successful transition"

You and Your Gender Identity - A website and book about your personal identity

Book list for Teens - List of books with trans/gender diverse characters or themes

Gender Spectrum - Includes virtual "space" to connect

Reddit - thread related to trans/gender diverse individuals

For Family Members

Trans-Parenting - A website developed by a mother of a young trans daughter

Transgender Child - A book by Brill and Pepper

Transgender Teen - A book by Brill and Kenney

Helping Your Transgender Teen - A book by Krieger

Importance of Supportive Moms - Article about mother activists

Family Acceptance Project

Gender Creative Kids

Facebook Group for Parents of Trans Children

Trans Youth Family Allies

Lead with Love

National Hotlines

Trans Lifeline - phone: 877-565-8860

Trevor Project Lifeline - For individual 24 and younger; phone: 866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 1-800-273-8255

Additional Websites

National LGBT Health Education Center

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

Yes Institute

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

Stacy Hutton, Ph.D.

805-858-9222

212 S. Main Street, Suite 202

Templeton, CA 93465

therapywithstacy@gmail.com

Stacy Hutton is a licensed psychologist in California (PSY 28777) and Kansas (2426).  

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