Do you want to learn about how to support the transgender or gender nonconforming people in your family, school, community and workplace?

Are you wanting to increase your knowledge of trauma, oppression, and their impact on interpersonal relationships but you aren’t sure where to start?

I can help.


In addition to my work as a therapist focused on building queer and trans resilience, I offer training to people who want to support people with marginalized identities in their own work. The training I provide draws on my experience a trauma-informed therapist, a longtime student of gender and sexuality, a member of the queer community, and a friend and partner to trans-identified individuals. I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger, and, just before I became a therapist, I found great joy in teaching yoga to people of all ages. Facilitating training workshops combines my ability to create a safe learning environment with my passion for social justice. I collaborate with trans-identified people to provide these workshops, always remembering the importance and power of people telling their own stories, in their own words, and centering the experiences of those most impacted by systems of oppression.

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Many of those who come to my workshops say that they want to support queer and trans people in their families, communities, and workplaces, but they’re afraid they’ll say the wrong thing or don’t know where to start. They feel confused by some of the words they hear and aren’t sure how to use them or if they’re supposed to. Many of the therapists in my workshops come to learn how to better support the queer and trans clients they’re already seeing. Just as often, workshop participants have a level of comfort with concepts related to gender and sexuality, but may be new to the study of trauma, resilience and attachment relationships. I do my best work when I’m weaving together an understanding of these overlapping concepts and helping to translate them for others.


I believe that sharing our stories with one another can be a bridge to healing and greater understanding. If you’re brand new to these topics or looking for new tools to improve the work you’re already doing, and you want an experienced, knowledgeable trainer to assist you, then request your customized training today.

Here's what past training participants have to say:

“I attended Heather's Ethical Treatment of Transgender Youth & Their Families workshop. She shared her in-depth knowledge and experience with clarity and heart, demonstrating passion as an educator and therapist.  As a result of the experience, I felt a renewed commitment to engage in the important work of supporting transgender youth and their families.”
Donna Clausen MS, LPCA, NCC, Red Bird Counseling

Exploring Trans Experience was one of the best workshops I've attended. Heather and her co-presenter covered the basics of trans identity, gender identity and sexual identity, and the fluidity between them with sensitivity, thoughtfulness, and a strong dose of laughter. I left feeling like I had a deeper understanding of this subject matter, which can feel tricky to get right, and the language to describe it. As an ally to the trans community, I am so grateful for this training.”
Melissa Garrett, member of Land of the Sky UCC

If you're a therapist or counselor, join my LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists & Counselors of WNC Facebook group to find information and resources to support your clients.

Training TOpics:

  • Trauma, Attachment & Transgender/Non-Binary Experiences

  • Gender & Sexuality 101 - customized training for a wide range of audiences

  • Ethical Practice with Transgender Youth & Their Families - suitable for mental health professionals, school staff, other helping professionals, and anyone who interacts regularly with youth

  • Creating Gender-Affirming Environments - customized for schools, medical offices, churches, and any other organization looking to improve their welcome to all people, regardless of gender.

PAst Presentations:

  • Trauma, Attachment & Transgender/Non-Binary Experiences - UNC School of Social Work Clinical Lecture Series - October 2018

  • Moving from Ally to Accomplice: Supporting LGBTQIA Members of Your Organization - Part of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits’ webinar series: Walking the Talk: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in North Carolina Nonprofits - June 2018

  • Trauma, Attachment & Transgender/Non-Binary Experiences - Asheville, NC - May 2018

  • Ethical Practice with Transgender Youth & Their Families - Asheville, NC - October 2017

  • Ethical Treatment of Transgender Youth & Their Families - Asheville, NC - April 2017

  • Exploring Trans Experience - Land of the Sky United Church of Christ - May 2016

  • In Our Own Words: A Panel of Trans-Identified Individuals - Gender Education Demystification Symposium (GEMS) - January 2016

  • Supporting Transgender Youth & Their Families - Break by the Lake: A Student Services Personnel Conference - October 2015

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