I get asked a lot of great questions about my work. Here's a short list of the most commonly asked questions about being an LGBTQ knowledgeable and affirming provider.
What qualifies you to work with LGBTQ clients?
I studied LGBTQ identity development and human sexuality in my first masters at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University a long long time ago. From there I worked with queer resource centers on college campuses and LGBTQ nonprofits in Seattle. I left education/nonprofit work to become a therapist because I wanted more transgender people to have access to letter writing therapists.
My professional training came when I completed my graduate internship at the nation's longest-running LGBTQ-focused mental health agency, Seattle Counseling Services (formerly Seattle Counseling Services for Sexual Minorities). There I received excellent training on serving LGBTQ populations as a couples counselor.
Since then I have focused my private practice entirely on working with LGBTQ-identified clients. Even as I shift from counseling to relationship coaching, my dedication and expertise in serving LGBTQ clients remains strong.
Are you gay/queer/bi/trans/lesbian?
Yup. But that's about all the information I'll share about my own relationship. I like to keep the focus of our work on you.
Do you write letters for transgender medical procedures or treatment?
Not since I stopped formally working as a mental health counselor (because my clients aren't unhealthy- and neither are you) but I do have a LONG list of mental health providers who can write one for you.
What do you know about transgender identities and relationships?
I have experience with trans identities and relationships both professionally and personally. This means I have deep understanding of the unique themes facing transgender folks in relationships with cisgender partners.
That said, just like any other relationship each identity involved shapes the relationship dynamic, I'm happy to talk with you more about our unique gender identities and how they impact the connection you're building.
Do you work with straight couples?
Of course! Many of my straight (or mostly-straight) couples are happy to know I work primarily with LGBTQ clients.
They often feel even more comfortable sharing the less traditional parts of themselves with a provider who is open-minded and non-judgmental.
Gina Senarighi, MS, MA, CPC is a communication consultant, sexuality counselor and certified relationship coach specializing in polyamory, open relationships, jealousy, and infidelity.
She can help you:
- rediscover passion in long-term relationships
- repair trust after infidelity or dishonesty
- move past jealousy, insecurity or codependent patterns
- open your relationship or practice polyamory with care
- resolve sexual dysfunction and disconnect
- break unhealthy communication patterns in your relationship
Contact her for a free consultation to see if working with her is right for you.