We offer counseling services for all members of the LGBTQIA community
Our LGBTQIA-friendly counselors are here to give you the support and validation that you need and deserve in a safe, affirming, and supportive space.
You deserve to be able to live your truth and express yourself without fear, worry, or shame. Gender, sexuality, and sexual identity play a big role in your life and you get to declare what sexualities and identities feel right for you.
In a world that can be intolerant, knowing that you’re going into a safe space that embraces you as you are can make all the difference when it comes to sharing other challenges that you may be having; you are free to explore the good, the bad, and everything in between. We are here to help you embrace who you are, face whatever challenges you are facing, and foster resiliency.
We will partner with you to embrace yourself as you are – uniquely you.
- Coming Out
- Diverse Relationship Orientations
- Gender Identity
- Parents of LGBTQIA+ Youth
- Sexual Orientation
Working together, we will focus on your unique journey towards positive growth and self-discovery.
At Restorative Counseling, we create a space that is open, affirming, and free from microaggressions, discrimination, and judgment. Here’s how we will utilize our strength-based approach to help you:
- Focusing on your internal strengths and resourcefulness.
- Developing a more balanced perspective of yourself and the problems you are facing.
- Gaining an understanding of what is most important to you and your values to help determine what decisions are best for you.
- Developing a positive self-concept to contribute to resiliency.
- Learning to develop realistic habits that will help you take care of yourself physically, socially, and emotionally.
- Exploring challenging or painful experiences so you can move forward with a sense of hopefulness.
- Protecting your independence, resilience, and ability to make choices for your overall wellbeing.
Meet our LGBTQIA+ Affirming Clinicians
Stephanie Grunewald, PhD
I am dedicated to exploring the layers of shame, guilt, and fear that have prevented you from living the life you desire.
Katie Jackson-Griffin, LCPC
I am passionate about guiding you to love yourself and build up your resilience to take on all of life’s challenges.
Jordan Meehan, LCSW
I provide a safe environment where you can develop insight into your experiences, behaviors, and relationships, as well as build healthy coping habits, self-care skills, and positive self-regard.
What to expect from the counseling journey
We create a unique counseling process that is tailored to each person’s strengths and experiences.
Counseling is meant to be a time of self-exploration and growth. Your clinician will tailor treatment to your specific needs based on your goals and what you would like to achieve. Counseling has the potential to be short-term or long-term based on your individual needs.
Sustained progress can be made in as few as 8 weekly sessions, but most people find that they need treatment for a minimum of several months. We encourage you to attend weekly sessions, as this allows you to establish a close working relationship with your clinician and to make progress more quickly. Our hope is for you to reach your goals sooner rather than later so that you can live the life you desire.
Both before and during your first session, you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your reasons for seeking counseling. During the first session, your clinician will briefly review Restorative Counseling’s policies so that you are aware of your rights as a client and can ask any questions you may have. The primary focus of the intake process is to discuss your personal, social, family, and educational history to help give your clinician an overall picture of who you are. Goals for treatment will be discussed and your clinician will provide insight into how they conduct counseling sessions.
In addition to learning about you, the Intake process is a time for you to learn about your clinician. It is important that you feel they are the right fit for your style and needs. We encourage you to ask questions so you can be clear on what to expect from your clinician.
The intake session(s) typically lasts 55-60 minutes.
Working with you, your clinician will help you explore the sources of your difficulties and develop helpful strategies to address your concerns. Your clinician will provide a space for you to identify your strengths and difficulties. You will be empowered to decide what works best for you and what changes you are ready to make.
Ongoing sessions are 45-53 minutes, depending on your insurance plan.
As you move through the counseling process, you and your clinician will discuss your progress. Once it has been decided that you have achieved your goals, you and your clinician will discuss terminating services. These final few sessions will focus on reviewing the progress you have made and how you can continue to maintain these changes moving forward.