I provide individual and group psychotherapy to adults. I also counsel people in relationships who want to improve their connection, people who are breaking up and wanting to do so in a mutually respectful manner, and people who desire objective assistance in working through a particular problem. I offer in person counseling and telepsychology.
Diversity and inclusivity
I serve a wide variety of clients who want help addressing a wide range of issues.
My client caseload is varied in regards to gender, age, affectional and sexual preference, political belief, socio-economic status, race, ability, ethnicity, religion and spirituality.
My client base routinely includes people from the direct service, academic, medical, mental health and legal professions, including folks in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. I work with parents, students, people who are employed, unemployed, self-employed, and retirees. For example, over the past 29+ years I have worked with writers, artists, designers, activists, midwives, politicians, managers, reporters, researchers, sex workers, engineers, body workers, professors, factory workers, servers, spiritual healers, administrative assistants, and psychotherapists.
I also have a number of clients who are “ex-pats” (i.e., expatriates: folks from the USA who are permanently or temporarily residing in another country).
I welcome people who may align themselves around a wide spectrum of gender and sexual fluidity. I am affirming of all types of consenting adult relationships, including polyamorous, polysexual, monosexual, and pansexual and of folks’ varied sexual interests, including kink, fetish, BDSM and vanilla. In fact, I offer trainings to mental health professionals on the differences between BDSM as a form of healthy sexuality and paraphilia (as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5)). See Workshops & Trainings.
Personal is political is professional
I am cognoscente of the micro- and macro-aggressions that marginalized people in our culture experience every day. I hold these awareness’s in my work as a psychotherapist, educator and as a member of my communities.
My 30+ years of community organizing and clinical work with sexual violence and sex-positive sexuality, combined with my attention to heterosexism, cissexism, transmysogyny, and gender, feminist and queer theory, inform my belief that consenting humans have the right to explore, choose and embrace their sexual and gender interests and identities.
I am committed, because of my values and my own personal experiences, to making my services accessible to people who might otherwise not feel comfortable in mainstream clinical settings or wouldn’t have the financial means to do so. To that end, I dedicate a portion of my client caseload exclusively to people from marginalized and oppressed communities.
To learn about the individual and relationship, group and training services offered by Irene, schedule your complimentary 30 minute consultation.