I offer clinical and group consultation to adult, youth, family and group therapists, as well as to agency teams working with LGBTQI2S+ adults, youth and/or their families and loved ones. I have worked for the past 19 years with and within LGBTQI2S+ communities and have trained other mental health providers across Ontario about supporting trans/non-binary youth and their loved ones using an intersectional/anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, gender-affirming, attachment-focused lens. More more information about my training services, please visit this page.
I currently provide clinical consultation for an LGBTQI2S+ youth day treatment program, for a team of clinicians in a substance use/addictions program and for a number of therapists in private practice working with youth, adults and families.
I specialize in working with therapists who see or would like to see parents of trans/non-binary youth/young adults and who would benefit from an attachment-based “framing”, clinical support for counter transference/use of self issues and nervous system-informed psycho-educational tools and approaches to do this work effectively. I also enjoy supporting therapists who are looking to shift their practices from being more ‘cognitively oriented’ to more ’embodied’ or ‘somatically oriented’. I have expertise supporting cisgender (and sometimes straight) therapists to grow their capacity to offer intersectional, gender-affirming, safer services to queer/trans/non-binary communities and to respond skillfully and compassionately when ruptures such as misgendering or cissexist reenactments occur.
I enjoy supporting therapists to build their competency working in the following areas:
- supporting clients in early transition or questioning their gender identity / sexual orientation, and/or grappling with shame and/or fears about impact on family, parents, partners and children
- developing an understanding of how mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and trauma symptoms intersect with lack of familial support, transphobia, transmisogyny, homophobia, and other intersecting forms of oppression etc.
- supporting LGBTQI2S+clients to develop self-compassion and work through shame, internalized bi-phobia/ homophobia/transphobia/transmisogyny
- supporting children and partners of trans/non-binary people through early transition
- helping clients build tools for self regulation and managing trauma symptoms (including triggers and flashbacks, suicidality, self harm, substance use, dissociation and attachment-related issues); exploring open relationships, polyamoury, kink and BDSM
- engaging openly and in an embodied way with issues of cissexism/transphobia/transmisogyny within the therapy session in order to promote meaningful repair (ie: misgendering or other cissexist dynamics that may appear in the therapy room that replicate painful attachment patterns)
- engaging with self-of-therapist and self disclosure issues that may emerge when working with LGBTQI2S+ clients and their loved ones
- conducting and writing surgical readiness assessment letters for transition related surgeries while engaging critically with cissexism (“OHIP second assessors”)
My clinical orientation is attachment-focused, polyvagal-informed, mindfulness- and trauma-informed and somatic, and my lens is gender affirming, feminist, intersectional/anti-oppressive/anti-racist, harm reduction- and sex-positive.
I integrate learnings from Polyvagal Theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (a mindfulness-based, somatic, attachment and trauma-focused modality – level 2 in progress with ongoing consultation from certified SP consultants), Janina Fisher’s Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment (a parts oriented approach that integrates structural dissociation theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and IFS techniques – advanced training complete with ongoing consultation from Dr. Fisher) and Attachment Based Family Therapy (advanced training complete with as-needed consultation from Dr. Suzanne Levy, the developer of the modality) into my consultation work, as well as my 19 years doing counselling and therapy work with marginalized youth, families and adults in community and private practice settings.
I am always pleased to provide referrals to trans/non-binary / BIPOC clinicians who do similar consulting work.
I offer remote sessions on a secure video platform.
Please see my “Credentials and Trainings” page for more information about my background in these areas, or contact me to discuss whether your supervision or consultation needs fall within my scope of practice. I look forward to hearing from you.
Lindsay Elin (she/her)