I am a culturally sensitive psychotherapist interested in working with those who are ready to work on and for themselves. The process can often be difficult or painful, but I’m willing to guide you towards a happier, healthier you. I take a solution focused, process oriented approach to therapy. This means I bring focus to all aspects of yourself and your experiences to gain a deeper understanding of your internal and external conflict. I do this within a structure that considers culture, lifestyle and basic belief system.
Within that framework, I integrate, cognitive behavioral, strength based, systemic tools to help navigate challenges. My goal in therapy is to increase healthy thoughts and behaviors. I do this by creating a nonjudgmental, safe space where my clients can redefine their “healthy” in order to make positive changes within themselves and within their relationships.
I work with individuals, children, couples, partnerships, and families to address a multitude of issues. We will come up with a focused practical plan for alleviating symptoms and moving closer to the stated goal. The issues I work with include, but are not limited to anxiety, trauma, depression, grief and loss, stress and anger management, identity development, multicultural issues, relationships, issues of aging, and life transitions. This is all to say I offer specific skills for coping with life issues while remaining sensitive to various cultural, spiritual, racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as affirming of all lifestyles including those who identify as LGBTQQIA, those in poly or non-monogamous relationships, etc.
"Allow yourself to become intimately connected with all your parts. In connecting with ourselves, we can form connections with others." -Virginia Satir
You deserve to feel love and belonging, to be accepted exactly as you are. As your therapist, I will invite you into a deeper and more rewarding relationship with yourself, and make space for the person you are growing into, with compassion, warmth, and gentle curiosity.
With a spirit of play and creativity, I encourage you to engage your sense of wonder, so we can identify and build on your unique strengths. Words can be hard to access at times, so we may also use arts, sandtray, writing, ritual, and body awareness, as we explore what it means to be you.
Looking for relationship counseling with your partner(s)? I will help you learn to slow down and LISTEN to each other with curiosity, respect, and a willingness to be surprised. With partners in all kinds of relationships, I support you to communicate more effectively, and see the best in one another.
Using a culturally sensitive lens, I love working with individuals of all ethnic, racial, and spiritual backgrounds, along the gender and sexuality spectrum, from teens to elders. I am poly and BDSM knowledgeable, and sex worker friendly. I work particularly well with creative folks, healers, and outliers who have tried therapy but didn’t feel like their therapist “got” them. I am experienced working with folks around sexuality (heterosexual and LGBTQIIA) and intimacy, identity, sex workers and their partners, anxiety, aging, depression, grief, shame and developing self compassion.
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Colin Stack-Troost, AMFT 310 770-6287 www.CSTMFT.com firstname.lastname@example.org
My mission as a therapist is to provide a safe queer space in which you can explore yourself or your relationship with your partner, partners, and family.
In a dynamic and engaging way, I collaborate with my clients to create therapeutic goals and examine patterns and behaviors, improve communication, and emphasize self-expression. I specialize in working with clients who grapple with issues like sexuality, gender expression, transgender identity, and dealing with the effects of societal homophobia, sex-negativity, and heterosexism.
I strive to maintain a multicultural awareness in my work, and welcome humans from all walks of life who want to dedicate the time every week to their mental health. I believe self-awareness and inner work can yield powerful results; all that is required on your part is openness, introspection, and a willingness to change.