Articles by Kayla Vargas

Kayla M. Vargas is completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Oregon. Her research interests focus on educational equity in higher education for Latina college students, critical consciousness development, and supporting survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Her clinical work to date involves primarily working with undergraduates, and she has a passion for issues of social justice and advocacy for individuals facing oppression - particularly in LGBQTIA, Spanish speaking, and eating disorder recovery communities. Her personal interests include Seahawks football (she’s a Washington native), her fur children, writing and performing poetry, and finding a song lyric to capture any human experience. She hopes to serve as a faculty member at a liberal arts university, and maintain a part-time client caseload. For now, she is focused on developing as a researcher, a clinician, an educator, an advocate, and a human being.

5 Ways to Support Your LGBQ & Gender Non-Conforming Clients in Session

5 Ways to Support Your LGBQ & Gender Non-Conforming Clients in Session

As helping professionals, we share a united goal of empowering the individuals with whom we work to meet their goals. Though it remains important to address social issues on a large scale (e.g., protests, donations, advocating for policy change), a lot of what we do as helpers happens one-on-one. That is, most of us work to empower individuals interpersonally through therapy.

With this in mind, I would like to share tangible ways to support LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) and/or gender non-conforming (individuals who do not identify as cisgender, meaning they have gender identities that do not match the sex they were assigned at birth, and/or those who reject the gender binary, or do not identify as male or female) clients in session while also acknowledging the importance of social justice advocacy on a much larger scale.