Ms. Esther Espeland
Licensed Professional Counselor
Ms. Espeland uses she/they pronouns
Sexuality and queerness (nonmonogamy, kink, and sex work affirming)
Trans and gender nonconforming identity
Disability and chronic illness
Grief and loss
Relationships are opportunities for growth and exploration and yet can be the sources of some of our most painful hurts and losses. Therapy itself is a relationship and I aim to co-create a space where clients can understand past experiences and restore their capacity to build connection.
I provide both individual and relationship therapy to adult clients. I have training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, meaning I help clients distil and organize their emotional experience to reshape relationships with their selves and others. I additionally integrate person centered and existential therapeutic approaches to help clients make meaning of their choices and experiences. I have a fierce commitment to my client’s wellbeing and bring deep humility and nonjudgement to this work.
With previous experience in LGBTQ healthcare, I have a special appreciation for the intersections of marginalized identities with chronic and/or stigmatized health concerns. I enjoy working with creatives and rule breakers and appreciate integrating a client’s artistic practice into our work together. Therapy is hard work but can also be joyful and pleasurable; I will honor the tough moments and share in a good laugh when appropriate.