Now providing virtual sessions all over Ontario
Explore your sexuality or gender identity in a safe therapeutic space. Sexuality and gender identity are integral parts of overall well being.
Working with a therapist who is aware, supportive and experienced, can make a positive change in your life.
My sessions focus on the context and intersectional perspectives and how they affect the person’s sexuality and gender identities. We would discuss issues related to coming out, cultural, religious and social constructs of non-conventional identities, and more
We will work together to process feelings and thoughts surrounding your sexuality or gender expression.
I am a kink and fetish- aware professional.
Mego Nerses, a psychotherapist in Ottawa, Ontario, specializes in helping individuals navigate the complexities of sexuality and gender identity. Today, we discuss the benefits of psychotherapy for individuals seeking guidance and support in understanding and embracing their true selves.
Sexuality and gender identity psychotherapy focuses on helping individuals explore and understand their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. It is a safe space to address personal struggles related to these aspects of oneself, such as feelings of confusion, shame, or fear.
Seeking therapy can be a beneficial step for those facing challenges related to their sexuality or gender identity. A professional and empathetic therapist, like Mego Nerses, can provide valuable insights, coping strategies, and a judgment-free space to discuss and address any concerns. Unprocessed struggles with sexuality and gender identity can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or even suicidal ideation, making therapy a crucial part of the healing process.
Mego Nerses, a compassionate and experienced psychotherapist in Ottawa, specializes in sexuality and gender identity issues. He offers tailored guidance for individuals dealing with concerns such as coming out, gender dysphoria, and cultural challenges related to sexuality and gender identity. Mego is committed to providing an inclusive and affirming therapeutic experience for all clients, including those who identify as LGBTQ+.
If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with their sexuality or gender identity, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Contact Mego Nerses, Ottawa’s psychotherapist for gender identity and sexual orientation issues, at megonerses.com or call [phone number] to schedule an appointment. Remember, you don’t have to face these challenges alone; Mego Nerses is here to help you every step of the way.
Gender identity is one's own internal sense of self and their gender, whether that is man, woman, neither or both. Unlike gender expression, gender identity is not outwardly visible to others.*
If you are questioning your sexual or gender identity or you’re facing a gender- and sexuality- related issues, LGBTQI+ affirming psychotherapy can support and help you.
Therapy can help individuals understand and accept their gender identity or sexual orientation by providing a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential space to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. A therapist who is trained and competent in working with issues related to sexuality and gender identity can provide support and guidance in the following ways:
Additionally, therapy can also help individuals to increase their self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-esteem, and build a sense of self-worth, which is crucial to live a fulfilling life.
It’s important to note that everyone’s journey is unique, and therapy can be tailored to meet the individual’s specific needs and goals. It is also important to find a therapist who is competent and trained in working with issues related to sexuality and gender identity and that you feel comfortable with.
There are several ways to find a therapist who specializes in treating issues related to sexuality and gender identity:
It is important to interview the therapist, ask questions and feel comfortable with them before scheduling an appointment. Also, make sure that the therapist is licensed, trained and competent in working with issues related to sexuality and gender identity, and that they use an affirmative approach.
Yes, there are several self-help resources available for individuals dealing with issues related to sexuality and gender identity. Some examples include:
Insurance coverage for therapy related to gender identity and sexual orientation issues can vary depending on the individual’s insurance plan. OHIP does not cover therapy services unless it is performed by a medical doctor.
During a therapy session for issues related to sexuality and gender identity, you can expect the following:
It’s important to note that everyone’s experience in therapy is unique, and the process can vary depending on the individual’s needs and goals. It’s also important to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and who you trust.
For the time being, we will be conducting appointments exclusively through virtual means.
Thank you for your understanding.
I am an Ottawa-based Registered Psychotherapist and have a full-time private practice. In the past, I worked in social service agencies for many years. I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+, and I do not work with minors.
In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO#001132) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#3058). My clinical training focuses on relationship and sex therapy and trauma/PTSD. Since 2013, I have been at Algonquin College as a seasonal professor, teaching courses in mental health and addiction.
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed articles and contribute chapters concerning Counselling, coming out, and trauma related explicitly to LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada. I have presented numerous workshops and continue to offer trainings nationally and internationally on the mental health of LGBTQI+ and SOGIE refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2020, I launched my online learning platform to offer courses to clinicians who work with the refugee population. Learn more about my elearning platform at www.mnelearning.ca
Early in my professional career, I specialized in individual therapy and served clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD and grief. Since then, I have taken my clinical work to a higher level and gained expertise in four areas: PTSD and Trauma, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Sex and Relationship Therapy, and Refugee mental health issues. I have received various trainings in these areas since choosing to specialize. As an example, I received training from Division 56, Trauma Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Global Institute of Forensic Research in writing immigration evaluations for immigration courts. Furthermore, I have completed multiple trainings in trauma/PTSD therapy and relationship therapy (Poly. Kink). I have participated in numerous training opportunities in the field of sex therapy, sexuality, and gender identity.
I am a LGBTQI+/poly/kink/CNM supportive and informed therapist.
In addition to Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD (NET), I have also been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Experiential Therapy and Focusing. I integrate social justice and rights-based principles into my work as a trauma-informed therapist.
In recognition of my dedication to helping LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada, I received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
AffiliationsI have an international affiliate membership with Division 56, Trauma Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.