At Westwind Recovery®, we’re proud to offer addiction and mental health treatment programs that are not just LGBTQ-friendly but that are designed with the specific needs of our LGBTQ clients in mind. We have created a welcoming, affirming environment where transgender individuals can work through addiction and mental health issues and embrace wellness.
Helping our transgender clients overcome addiction or successfully manage mental health issues like anxiety and depression is our ultimate goal. We want to remove any obstacles to care by offering treatment plans and programs that consider our transgender clients’ needs and goals.
Meet Our Therapist Grace
Grace O’Connor is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in providing care to members of the LGBTQ community who struggle with addiction. Her own experiences in recovery have given her a unique perspective, and she brings compassion and expertise to Westwind’s team.
Grace believes that adversity doesn’t build character but that it reveals it. She works hard to help each of her clients find healing. Transgender health and wellness are central to her work, and the community and support clients find at Westwind Recovery® are key to lasting positive changes.
As a transgender-identified person, Grace brings experience and perspective to her work with her clients. Many transgender individuals struggle with both discrimination from others and internalized transphobia. Grace builds bonds of trust and security with her clients, and it’s in the safety of this support that her clients come to embrace their authentic selves.
Some of the addiction treatment therapies and approaches to treatment that Grace incorporates into therapy sessions include:
- Family systems theory
- Grief work
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Somatic therapy
- Relational therapy
- 12 step therapy
We invite you to read more about Grace’s story here.
How Westwind Recovery® Supports Our Transgender Clients
We believe that supportive, affirmative care can make a difference in our clients’ lives. Each of our treatment programs and our sober living houses is available to our LGBTQ clients, and we work to understand the specific needs and concerns of everyone in our care.
Some of the challenges and issues that our transgender clients may face include:
- Dual diagnosis of mental health and substance use disorders
- Conflict with family members
- Discrimination and oppression
- Internalized transphobia
- Confusion around sexual orientation or gender identity
- Past sexual, physical, or emotional trauma
Our trauma-informed approach to treatment helps our clients feel safe and supported as they build healthy coping skills and work through the underlying causes of addiction.
Members of the LGBTQ community have been found to struggle with addiction and mental health issues at a higher rate than the general population, which could be a result of past traumatic experiences such as victimization at school or conflict with family members. We want to remove any obstacles to treatment in order to help every individual heal. We create personalized treatment plans for every individual in our care. If you or a loved one is struggling, reach out to our team today.
Contact Westwind Recovery® Today to Learn More
At Westwind Recovery®, we offer compassionate care that promotes transgender health and wellness. Those struggling with addiction or co-occurring mental health issues like anxiety, depression, or PTSD can find hope and healing in our counseling center.
Our California mental health treatment center is a safe, welcoming space for all individuals who are ready to begin their journey to recovery. Learn more about how we help members of the LGBTQ community embrace their authentic selves by contacting us today. Reach out at 855.340.8832 or contact us online to learn more.