Are you tired of feeling misunderstood or judged by professionals and loved ones because of how you dress, how you feel, or what you want?
If so, then I can offer you a culturally safe and therapeutic environment in which you are treated with respect, compassion, and celebration of who you are right now. This includes but is not limited to people with strict religious observance, non-binary people, sex workers, goths, stressed out parents, people with Aspie neurostyles, and poly folks.
I am a Polycultural Psychotherapist and Relationship & Family Counsellor with a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in England, a Master of Counselling from Monash University, and extensive training in trauma. . I have over 15 years of experience in providing therapeutic support to people, their partners (including triads, quads, and poly relationship configurations), and their chosen families/kin from diverse cultures and faiths/beliefs. In addition, I have experience and training in group therapy in areas such as child bereavement and palliative care.
As a professional, I am knowledgeable about neurodiversity, sex work, substance addiction, post-re/lapse recovery, trauma, assault, intimate partner violence, sadness, death and dying, bereavement, chronic pain, social and medical gender affirmation/transition, surgical decision-making and after-care plans, trans and/or non-binary experience or identity, being born intersex, seeking asylum, poverty, strict faith/belief traditions, living with disability labels, bisexual invisibility, L/G/B/Q and poly sexualities and relationships, consensual non-monogamies, BDSM, consensual power exchange, voice hearing, and Otherkin experiences. According to the NCSF classfication system, I am aware of asexual experiences. I was recognised with the American Psychological Association's Transgender Research Award for my original and significant research contribution about young people. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
I strive for my professional practice to be anti-oppressive, non-pathologising, polycultural, person-directed, and based in social justice principles. You can find out more about what these ways of working mean to me and more about how I work on my private practice website here: http://ansarapsychotherapy.com