Authenticity & LGBTQ Identity Counseling - remote
Authenticity & LGBTQ Identity Counseling - remote

Authenticity & LGBTQ Identity Counseling - remote

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Introduction: Hi, I'm Marisa Musso (she/they). I specialize in the LGBTQ community with decades of personal and academic understanding of the community including transition and the coming out process. Being your authentic self requires frequently addressing social constructionism such as: heteronormativity, false gender roles, discrimination, homophobia, biphobia, passing, traditional monogamy and ableism. This counseling & coaching work is for you if you want to continue moving forward in becoming the person you want to be. Navigating your own minority identities and the isolation which often accompanies them presents us with rich opportunities to normalize that which is stigmatized. I’m known for my ability to examine information from many different perspectives and finding your strengths. Let’s get inquisitive and creative about how you can take practical actions towards discovering and becoming the person you want to be today and going forward. Bisexual, Pansexual, Queer, Gay, Lesbian, Trans Loving more than one gender is a beautiful thing and sexual identities are multidimensional. Sometimes expanding your labels can be liberating e.g. pansexual, demisexual, gender queer, trans, asexual. Your fluid desires and attractions are normal and understanding them can make a difference and lead to an empowering sense of belonging. This will apply to areas of dating, partnership, intimacy and relationships in general. Polyamory Every CNM (consensual non-monogamy) relationship looks different. Open relationships, poly, and monogamish structures carry a complexity that often requires some intense self-reflection and an empathic confidant. Ethical non-monogamy is freedom with responsibility, not freedom from responsibility. Let’s visualize the relationships and intimacy you desire, clarify agreements, address feelings of jealousy and establish healthy boundaries. Note: I do not work with couples My other specialty is Disability. Especially the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Community. I'm culturally competent and ASL (American Sign Language) fluent specializing in supporting future-oriented goals on your quest for authenticity. If you or someone close to you is experiencing a disability or hearing loss, let me guide you through this challenging transition. There are countless communication tools, technology, resources and entire communities waiting for you.

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Bee H.
1 month ago
Marisa is one of the best listeners I've ever met, and has a grounded and intuitive approach to goal setting, taking action, and problem solving. She has a joyful and gentle demeanor, and working with her is a delight. I wholeheartedly recommend her as a coach.
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Carson S.
Aug 1, 2021
Working with them has truly been a life changing experience. I learned how to tap into my confidence when dating/socializing and better understand how to handle rejection and negativity. I no longer question if I'm queer enough and this confidence has made my relationship grow. Plus, my anxiety is less now, since I'm not constantly worrying.
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Assunta s.
May 10, 2021
I've been working with Marisa for a couple of months now and it has been a great experience. She can somehow see through my words, and then together we make more meaning of it, and I get to know myself better <3 I just got forward with important topics in life so much quicker! I also love that she gives me little tasks to do between sessions, that deepen my experience. Highly recommendable for LGBTQ+ folks (but not necessarily centered on that). Having a first chat with her and see how we work together was a very good decision for me.
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Adrianna G.
Aug 2, 2021
Marisa has helped me work through challenging communication situations with co-workers and friends. She helps me stay focused on my intentions when I'm feeling stuck. The realistic and incredibly useful goals we created together have helped me have a stronger sense of self as I shift to a more powerful position in my career. Our work together has also allowed me to feel more connected in my friendships.
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Buster S.
May 29, 2021
Marisa is an incredible facilitator of the bi/pan support group I attend every month. Her ability to ground and guide are so effortless. I feel safe and grateful with Marisa.
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I intentionally have lower than usual fees in order to ensure that minority and lower income clients still have a safe place to get support on their journey to becoming who they want to be. My rates are also listed on my business website.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    - We'll start with a free consultation call - I'll ask you some questions to get a sense of what you want to change, your motivations, challenges and strengths. -Each session concludes with some homework that you and I will create together. -You can choose the frequency of our sessions, weekly or monthly. You may discontinue services anytime you want to, I don't require purchasing in packages. See my availability to get started.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I worked as a professional Counselor for almost 10 years. MS in Marriage Family Child Counseling MS in Rehabilitation Counseling Trainings in CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Cultural Competency Reminder: Life-coaching is not Mental Health Therapy. I will refer those seeking mental health therapy to an appropriate licensed therapist. Specializations: Gender expansive language LGBTQIA Sex-positive Kink-positive Disability Deaf Culture Parenting

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