It is ultimately through the exploration of new feelings that we become less afraid of our own internal landscapes, leaving us freer to explore ourselves, the world around us, and our relationships. For us, therapy is the act of talking, feeling, and being with another person in a way that feels new, possibly frightening, and eventually liberating.
Our approach is especially client-centered and rooted in queer theory. We embrace diversity and endeavor to make Walnut a safer space for people of marginalized identities. We do this by hiring a diverse team of therapists - Black therapists, queer therapists, trans therapists, non-binary therapists, neurodivergent therapists, and disabled therapists.
The central tenets of our approach are a deep and abiding affirmation of identity, a recognition of the role of trauma, and an attention to ruptures in attachment and development. We strive to provide long-term, psychodynamic, trauma informed mental health treatment that refuses to pathologize LGBTQ+ people, but rather recognizes the negative impact that societal marginalization has on the psyche.
We are here to treat, learn, and grow together in a way that honors complex psychological functioning and the interplay among identity, development, and attachment. We will see anyone. We are committed to ultimate inclusion and treatment transparency. We don’t see ourselves as the experts, but as partners on the path towards wellness. We see the world as one that suffers with profound unwellness and consider that fact, before localizing the possibility of unwellness in individual minds.