Queer-identified kink- and poly-aware psychologist.
Los Angeles based, able to serve all of California via HIPAA compliment video platform.
Specializing in anxiety disorders, OCD, perfectionism & procrastination, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (hair-pulling, skin-picking). Work from a predominantly cognitive behavioral therapy model integrating mindful self-compassion, mindfulness, and acceptance & commitment therapy.
Envisioning a society healed from identity-based oppression and trauma
Chosen Family Therapy prioritizes serving clients who require access to culturally humble psychotherapy and coaching to heal from identity-based oppression and trauma. Chosen Family Therapy commits to positive social and environmental impact via sustainable economic development.
Chosen Family Therapy adopts a culturally humble approach to addressing compounding experiences of discrimination based on our clients’ overlapping marginalized identities by recognizing and validating the social contexts surrounding historical violence and systemic oppression based on-but not limited to-mental health, race, class, disabilities, body type, immigration status, neurodivergence, gender, sexuality, and non-traditional relationships.
We promote self-love, self-compassion, and self-acceptance by supporting and motivating our clients based on our company values:
Who we serve
The clients who seek us out are generally looking for a therapist that understands: The lived experience of being oppressed by one’s mental health, race, class, disabilities, body type, immigration status, neurodivergence, gender, sexuality, and non-traditional relationships, and want to heal from trauma.
Additionally, our clients are overall, non-conformists or have what some may consider unconventional ways of thinking and behaving, and live what some may call alternative lifestyles. We consider our clients to be creative, and we value nurturing their uniqueness rather than expecting them to conform to normative ways of being, thinking, and living. That’s why our providers were carefully selected based on their capacity for cultural humility, and for their creative approach to healing. We feel inspired and excited to focus on culturally humble psychotherapy and coaching for creative minds and bodies.
En tant que thérapeute en relation d’aide, je vous aide à améliorer votre relation aux autres et à vous-même grâce à l’approche non directrice créatrice (ANDC). J’offre des services de thérapie individuelle pour adultes, de courte ou longue durée, à Montréal (Plateau Mont-Royal et Mile end) ainsi qu’en ligne via Skype ou Zoom.
La thérapie en relation d’aide vous propose un chemin vers l’autocréation, la liberté d’être, l’exploitation de votre unicité et l’épanouissement de votre plein potentiel personnel, relationnel et professionnel.
Originaire de Belgique, je me suis installé au Québec il y a plus de 15 ans pour y relever de nouveaux défis. Après avoir travaillé en tant que directeur des communications au sein de différents organismes culturels, j’ai désiré trouver une orientation professionnelle me permettant un travail plus humain et proche de mes valeurs.
Suite à une formation de trois ans au Centre de relation d’aide de Montréal (CRAM), je vous accueille dans un espace d’ouverture, sans jugement, où chacun peut recevoir écoute et empathie.
Thank you for your interest in my profile!
I hope to help you somehow.
I have been a Psychologist for over two decades (besides I can look younger!), interested in helping people to overcome their obstacles to reach their happiness. Most of them are in our mind, but we do not know how to deal with them.
Decades ago “mindfulness” and “coaching” were not a thing. Still, with the time we associated these names with this process.
I consider myself both a Psychologist and a Coach. Let us say a particular fusion.
I am a registered Coaching Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Also, I am a member of the American Psychological Society (APA), Society of Counseling Psychology, Society of Consulting Psychology, and the American Psychology-Law Society. I am a licensed Psychologist both in the UK and Mexico.
I have a vast intercultural experience since I have lived, studied, lectured, and researched in different countries and met many cultures in the process. Even one of my fields of work is cultural management and Human Rights. I am currently a collaborator of UNESCO Mexico on these matters (#UNESCOSanLuis #LaCulturaEsUnDerecho).
I am a full-time professor at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. I spend most time as a researcher. I am a Chartered Scientist by the Science Council (UK) and a National Researcher of the National System of Researchers in Mexico.
I got my PhD from the University of Barcelona (Spain), as an “International Doctor”, where I also got a Master’s degree. Additionally, I got a Master’s degree from the Pompeu Fabra University, as well in Barcelona, and my bachelor in Psychology in Mexico, at the Jesuit University ITESO.
If you are more interested in my profile as a researcher, please visit my Google Scholar profile or my ORCiD:
My goal as a clinical psychologist is to help motivated adults to identify what they want out of life, figure out what’s getting in their way, and overcome those obstacles to achieve the lives they want. I place high value on autonomy, and I seek to help clients increase their own sense of agency – the feeling that they have the power to make their own decisions and the resources to act on those decisions.
I work with a wide variety of clients of all ages, educational backgrounds, and interests. However, I am particularly interested in working with clients in the kink and polyamory communities, as well as the wider geeky/nerdy communities with which those often overlap. Whatever you’re into, chances are I’ve heard of it, I won’t be shocked by it, and I won’t leap to conclusions about you based on what you like to do or think about doing. If your sexual activities are relevant to the issues you want to work on, we’ll talk together to come to a shared understanding of what they mean for you and what role they play in your life. If they aren’t, then we can focus on your therapeutic goals in a setting where you can be as open about your relationships and activities as you need to be. In either case, you won’t need to educate me about the basics of polyamory, power exchange relationships, asexuality, or other consensual but marginalized forms of sexual expression or lack of expression.
For more information, please see my practice website and/or call or email to set up an initial appointment. Your initial contact will be received by my colleague, Dr. Sarah Gray, who can schedule an initial appointment with me. She will ask for some information about your therapy goals, but it is perfectly acceptable to wait to share information about your sexuality (if you so choose) until you have had a chance to meet and get comfortable with your therapist.
For more than 20 years, I have provided therapy to individuals, couples and groups, as well as offering training, consultation and clinical supervision to community organizations. My work centers around bridging transitions, fostering personal growth and developing compassionate responses and strategies to address life’s challenges. In addition to providing support and encouragement, I will challenge you to think critically about the choices you are making and to work toward overcoming the obstacles that may be keeping you from achieving your goals.
Whether you’re trying to learn something new, working on making a transition, or building your support network, you have a lot of choice about how and with whom you work on achieving your goals. There are therapists and other service providers to appeal to everyone’s personal style. Taking the time to find a professional who is not only credentialed, but who has an approach or philosophy that resonates with you is an important first step.
My approach to everything that I do is to be as real as I can be. Whether I’m working with an individual in a therapy session, presenting to a large audience or collaborating on a community project, I’ve never been someone who is good at faking it. What you see is what you get. I hold myself to the same standards to which I hold my clients—authenticity and honesty are essential. I provide my clients with an accurate reflection of what I see and a professional assessment of how they might do things differently. I will challenge you to think critically about the choices you make and the impact those choices are having on your life.
I rely heavily on resources that foster creativity and humor. I don’t rely on gimmicks or hidden agendas—if I’ve got information or tools that will help you, I will share them with you and encourage you to make them your own.
As a therapist, I work hard to be flexible and responsive to the needs of my clients. There may be times when you feel you need more encouragement and support and less constructive feedback. Other times you may find that confronting an issue head-on feels more productive. I will encourage both of us to be patient with the process and to pay close attention to progress so that we can make adjustments throughout our work together.
My areas of expertise include: mindfulness and meditation; strategies for coping with depression and anxiety; issues around sexuality, sexual functioning and relationships; sexual and gender identity; social skills; trauma; grief; substance use; attention training and living with uncertainty and change.
To find out more about me, check out my website at www.jennbrandel.com, or call me to set up an initial consultation to see if we may be able to work together effectively.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who works with individuals and couples.
Molly Adler is the Director of Sex Therapy New Mexico. She currently practices psychotherapy and coaching for individuals and couples. Molly also offers professional trainings and sex & relationship workshops.
Molly Adler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Board Certified Sexologist with the American College of Sexologists. She enjoys working with individuals and couples on sexuality and gender issues, intimacy, relationships and life transitions. For more info on her therapy practice, click here.
In 2007, Molly co-founded Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center, New Mexico’s first and only sex-positive, health- and education-focused adult shop and resource center. Molly received the Tough Cookie Award in 2008 from National Association of Women Business Owners NM. She offers trainings on LGBTQ* issues, sexuality and sex positive cultural competency in mental health. Some of the places Molly has presented include Harvard, Tufts, University of New Mexico, Southwestern College, the New Mexico Conference on Aging, and the NASW-NM Conference. She was the co-chair of National Association of Social Workers New Mexico LGBT Task Force 2015-2017. She currently serves on the AASECT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee working towards centering racial justice and equity in the sexual health fields.
Molly attended The George Washington University where she received a BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies cum laude. She was the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Work in Women’s Studies during her undergraduate career. Molly has a Master of Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. Molly completed an MSW internship at University of New Mexico’s LGBTQ Resource Center and has volunteered with the Transgender Resource Center of NM Speaker’s Bureau. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
I specialize in working with issues of complex and adulthood trauma, sexual violence and domestic violence, LGBTQ+ populations, substance use and addiction, alternative sexualities such as polyamory/non-monogamy, kink/BDSM, and sex work. I also believe that forms of social oppression such as racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and so on, operate as traumas and stressors as well and thus, are of clinical concern as barriers to wellness. My practice is grounded in the principles of non-judgment, positive regard, harm reduction, and compassion. I earned my Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
The main goal of my practice is to provide a safe place for clients who fall outside of the mainstream for whatever reason to get the therapy they need. I specialize in working with clients in the polyamorous, kink, fetish, swinger, LGB, queer, gender queer and trans communities. I provide individual and relationship/couples therapy for clients experiencing problems in a wide variety of areas including but not limited to; depression, anxiety, body image issues, gender issues, sexual identity issues, lack of sexual desire, sexual compulsions, mood fluctuations, sexual functioning problems, substance abuse and relationship problems. I also have extensive experience helping clients negotiate consensual non-monogamy and work through the complicated feelings surrounding that. I am working towards certification as a sex therapist.