Here at Affirming Matters, you will find compassionate and trauma informed approaches to help you unlock your true potential. As LGBTQ, polyam, and kink identified professionals, we stay actively engaged in the communities we serve and are highly aware of how intersecting identities can impact the way we navigate life. We offer coaching to provide a vast array of services tailored to your unique needs.
Affirming Matters provides the convenience of teleheatlh counseling and coaching services completely online in the comfort of your own home. Our passion and goal are to increase mental health access to underserved communities.
Our List of Coaching Services:
- Self Awareness & Emotional Intelligence
- Self-Esteem & Confidence
- Empowerment & Motivation
- Relationship Preparation
- Relationship Compatibility
- Relationship Negotiation
- Relationship Repair
- Gender Inclusion
Sarah Levinson is a relationship enthusiast with over 20 years of coaching experience. In the past nine years, she has focused on counseling on creative relationship structures, consensual non-monogamy and intimacy with individuals, couples and other configurations. During this time, she created the Polyamorous Women’s Discussion Group in NYC, a focal point for thought leaders in consensual non-monogamy for 8 years. She and Dr. Sisti also host the ongoing Polyamorous Men’s Discussion Group in NYC. Together they facilitated Relationship Anarchy: A Panel Discussion. They also created Consensuality: Experientials that Challenge Awareness with Rachel Klechevsky, LMSW. Sarah has also led workshops on creating rules within polyamorous relationships at Burning Man. Sarah has participated on several panels addressing polyamory and children.
She has done extensive workshopping with the Human Awareness Institute and is currently engaged in several relational and intimacy-focused workshops and trainings including Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT), FAP, DBT, Gottman couples work and sex therapy coursework at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Current MSW candidate at SUNY Buffalo.
Prior to her focus on non-monogamy, Sarah counseled lawyers in their career choices and advised law firm management on strategic hiring of lateral partners and groups for over 20 years. Sarah received her JD from Columbia University School of Law, completed postgraduate studies at Oxford University and received her BA from the University of Miami.
Arianne (she/her/hers) works with adults interested in improving some aspect of their life. For individuals, this can involve ameliorating the effects of trauma, adapting to transitions such as career change or parenthood, or working with stress, anxiety or depression. For couples, triads, or other relationships, Arianne helps all members find clarity in their communication so that they can have the relationship they want.
How do you craft the story of your life?
We all have stories or patterns that we learned either as children, or developed as we grew up. What stories support your vision?
(“I have a fulfilling relationship,”” I am successful in my career,”” I am a good parent.”)
What other stories might hinder you?
(“I will never be enough,”” it is my fault.”)
Sometimes we may not even hear the stories we tell ourselves, but only feel that something is holding us back. Uncovering that, and crafting the right stories, is key to achieving your goals. We start by finding where contentment or joy may lie for you, strive to understand any obstacles, and discover your strengths to step past them.
Finally, because past experiences feed into our social interactions, the inclusion of current trauma science can deepen our work together. I am trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (CRM and TRM1) and practice mindfulness-based EMDR.
What stands between you and the life you want to live?
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #114096
(supervised by Eliza Steel, LMFT #107513)
Psychotherapy can and does work.
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (ACA, 2010). At Renew, we want to empower you with the tools to . . .
- find happiness and fulfillment
- uncover habitual patterns and create a positive path
- create a new vision with new options
- find balance in a life that is constantly changing
- unlock creativity
- access your own inner guide
- heal from the inside out
- grow into your full potential
Our counseling services are offered from our office or by Telehealth appointments.
Behavioral Health Therapy
Behavioral therapy is an umbrella term for types of therapy that treat mental health issues and disorders. This form of therapy seeks to identify and help change potentially self-destructive or unhealthy behaviors. individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. Such persons may help individuals deal with issues associated with addiction and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.
- Mood Disorders
- Adjustment Disorders
- Trauma Reprocessing
- Stress Management
- Therapeutic Yoga/Mindfulness
Life Coaching h is a type of wellness professional who helps people make progress in their lives in order to attain greater fulfillment. Life coaches aid their clients in improving their relationships, careers, and day-to-day lives. Life coaches can help you clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and then come up with strategies for overcoming each obstacle. In creating these strategies, life coaches target your unique skills and gifts. By helping you to make the most of your strengths, life coaches provide the support you need to achieve long-lasting change.
- Business, executive, and leadership coaching
- Career coaching
- Dating and relationship coaching
- Diet and fitness coaching
- Divorce coaching
- Family life coaching
- Financial coaching
- Health and wellness coaching
- Life skills coaching
- Mental health coaching
- Spirituality coaching
Integrative Health Coaching & Integrative Medicine
Integrative Health Coaching (IHC) empowers you to make lasting health behavior changes for your lifelong well-being. It bridges the gap between medical recommendations and your abilities to successfully implement those recommendations into your complex life. Integrative health puts the patient or client at the center of the care and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person’s health. Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.
What does Integrative Health Coaching look like?
- Integrative health coaches work with the whole person, taking time to listen to your concerns, and asking powerful questions to help motivate you to make changes.
- Coaching helps facilitate behavior change in a structured, supportive partnership between you and your coach.
- Coaches can help you to identify obstacles to change and create strategies for forward movement.
- Coaches provide additional resources for making healthy behavior changes.
- Sessions can take place via the following: virtual, telephone, or in person.
- Teaching and improving coping skills with life’s ups and downs.
Sexual Health Education & Coaching
Sex education is teaching and training about a range of topics related to human sexuality and sexual health. These can include sexual and reproductive anatomy and physiology, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, sexual pleasure, sexuality across cultures, relationships, intimacy and many others. Providing information, advice and counseling to patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) plays a pivotal role in helping the patient understand and manage their sexual health without stigma attached. Sex coaching is the marriage of sexology – the scientific study of what people do sexually and how they think and feel about it, and coaching – a person-centred modality geared toward creating results in clients’ lives. Sexual health education and coaching service may look like community outreach and education, groups, partnership or one-on-one client sessions.
Who can benefit from Integrative & Sexual Health Coaching?
Erin Wallis, CSC, IHC
Erin Wallis is an Integrative Health Clinician, Coach and Skills Trainer, with a diverse educational background and certifications in allied health, early childhood education, special education, health and human services, advocacy, and human sexuality. Erin has worked in residential, hospital, educational and clinical settings. Erin conducts various support groups, skill based groups (such as dialectical behavioral therapy) and educational groups. Erin will walk with you on your unique journey to health and well-being, providing comprehensive, inclusive care.
When working with Erin you will be provided a safe, confidential space. Erin is a trained Culturally Responsive, LGBTQ+ Affirming, and Kink-Aware Professional.
Get Well * Be Well * Stay Well
You are probably here because you are tired of what continues to get in the way of you being, living as, and caring for your whole self and relationships. My clients are diverse in their identities, genders, sexualities, religions, cultures, relationships, and backgrounds. I provide a welcoming, safe space for LGBTQ+ folks to be themselves and work collaboratively towards finding balance, nurturing their worth, expressing their feelings and needs, and having more fulfilling relationships. My practice is completely virtual and can see anyone in the State of Texas.
What I bring to our work together is a calm presence, a respect and consideration for all parts of who you are, care and humor, and a deep curiosity and drive to reach towards your goals. I draw from formal education, continued training, and identifying as a queer person, to support, and hold unconditional positive regard for LGBTQ+ individuals and their relationships through all life stages. And as an LMFT Associate, I understand problems and solutions within the interconnected and dynamic world of relationships and context. Whether I am working with one person, a couple, or other forms of romantic or familial relationships, how people interact tells a story about each person’s fears, hurts, needs, wants, what keeps them feeling stuck, and their hopefulness and potential for change. I am trained to provide assessments and support letters for gender affirming surgeries, and am EMDR trained to tackle emotional wounds and trauma.
I believe that every person deserves to be treated with respect and as a whole human being. No matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural background, skin color, religion, etc., what makes you you is valid and integral to your experience. You are the expert on you, and I appreciate the courage it takes to be vulnerable, the willingness to seek help, and the hope you demonstrate by showing up for yourself and your relationships. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I value the importance of having a space to feel uninhibited by the pressures, expectations, and often fear of being unsafe, and to show up and be seen as your whole self. I will meet you where you are in the struggles you are facing, challenge you to experience something different, and work with you to untangle the layers of contributing factors that impact your experience while identifying and optimizing your strengths. You are not your problems, and I believe in your capacity for change and growth.