Resources

We will meet together for one hour each week, during which you will process many different thoughts and emotions. Outside of our time together, life will continue, and you may sometimes be triggered by what happens in between sessions. Knowing this firsthand, I have a few suggestions that will help us make the most of our time together in session, as well as at home.

First, finding a trusted friend, partner, spouse, or family member to continue parts of our conversations can provide added support in your growth process. Those trusted relationships might even help bring about a new thought or different perspective on our sessions. Second, as new thoughts and feelings come up, it could be helpful to begin journaling. You can use the notes section in your phone, a document on your computer, or a composition notebook. Whether you journal every day or just one day a week, do what you feel will be most helpful for you. Third, it is very important to take time to move your body. Go for a walk, do some stretching, get involved with yoga or a gym. I know it is hard to sit with tough emotions, and physical movement will help you process these emotions. Last, I have provided below some suggested readings – a list that is ever growing. Engaging with a good book can help change your perspective, educate you on a topic, and or challenge those negative thoughts and feelings.

As a side note, the following resources have been selected from materials that I have personally read, whether partly or in their entirety. I may or may not agree with all sections of the readings, but I do believe aspects of each book could be useful for you. If you have any questions or concerns about any suggestion, please bring it to my attention at our next session.

Disordered Eating

End Emotional Eating: Using DBT Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions – Jennifer L Taitz

Sexuality and Gender

Letters For My Sisters

Mating in Captivity – Esther Perel

Christianity and Sexuality

Refocusing My Family – Amber Cantorna

God and the Gay Christian – Matthew Vines

Bible, Gender, and Sexuality – James Brownson

Changing our Minds – David Gushee

Washed and Waiting – Wesley Hill

Personal Growth

Daring Greatly – Brene Brown

I Thought It Was Just Me – Brene Brown

Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor Frankl

Trauma

The Body Keeps Score: Brain/Mind/Body in Healing of Trauma – Bessel van der Kolk

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma – Peter Levine

Trauma and Recovery – Judith Herman

The Brain That Changes Itself – Norman Doidge

Links to local support:

WINGS Foundation https://www.wingsfound.org/

Colorado Crisis Line – http://coloradocrisisservices.org

Suicide Hotline – https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Eating Disorder Foundation – https://eatingdisorderfoundation.org

GLBT Center of Colorado – https://glbtcolorado.org