As a compassionate and well informed therapist with years of experience helping LGBTQIA+ individuals. Peg will assist individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, Non Binary, Gender non conforming, engage in gender play or are questioning their gender identity.
Peg's work is based on helping all individuals to love and accept themselves by creating a safe space to feel, explore and determine your own identity. Her goal as your therapist is for people to find their own path to present themselves authentically in a way that feels true.
"Don't let the fear of time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. Time will pass anyway: we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use." Earl Nightingale
"If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awoke - Aye, what then?"
Samual Taylor Coleridge
"After seeing two therapists who couldn’t make a difference for me, I finally found Peg. She is truly something special. Peg’s sandtray, in tandem with the Internal Family Systems model, allowed me to identify the work that needed to be done—and to actually do the work. She is at the cutting edge of ensuring success with her clients. She is easy to talk to, kind, and maintains a sense of levity in her sessions. Finding Peg has changed the course of my life."
Peg is the most welcoming, open-minded, creative and intuitive therapist I have ever had. And that in itself would be enough for me to recommend her to anyone. But what really sets her apart, what makes her different ... is that she makes a difference. In a very short period of time, Peg gave me real results.
I first contacted Peg because I was looking for someone who specialized in LGBTQ and gender identity, and had a strong background working with phobias and anxiety. As an artist, I was also intrigued by her work with Sand Tray Therapy. I'd never heard of it, but it sounded promising. I expected to get help, of course. But I was surprised at the insights I gained and the changes I recognized in myself after only a few sessions.
Peg is an excellent listener who often sees insightful connections I missed when I'm talking with her. But what I find most interesting is the way she uses non-verbal therapy methods in combination with verbal communication to help me access parts of myself more fully than I have before. In any given session we might try Sand Tray Therapy, or EMDR, or another of my favorites, IFS Therapy, where we work with different Parts in me that have struggled to silence or protect other Parts, so I can learn how to listen and speak to myself, as it were, instead of wondering why I sometimes appear to be working against my own best interests.
This, I think, is at the center of Peg's therapy sessions, and it's probably why she is so effective at affecting real change. She's teaching me to be my own therapist, as I play in the Sand Tray, or open my mind non-judgmentally to parts of me I'd been trying to silence or ignore. She's changing the way I listen to myself ... communicate with myself. And it's made a palpable change in my life and how I'm choosing to live it.
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