Welcome

Trans feminine-led private practice centring the well-being of older teens and adults marginalized by gender who value rest, growth, healing, and embodiment.

Individual Therapy

This practice welcomes the parts of you that may feel worried, depressed, isolated, lost, scared, shame, or stuck. You are invited to seek refuge here as we collaborate to deepen a kind of care that deeply considers each part of you—mind, body, system, and relations—accepted, reaffirmed, and respected.

Join the waitlist for January 2023.

Uniquely Qualified

I work with individuals with experiences of gender marginalization and/or disability. This intersection often bears the compounding impacts of past harm and ongoing oppression. I’m both highly trained and supervised—and I have direct lived experiences—that help make me a trusted practitioner.

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Trans* Care Assessment

41% of TGNB adults seek hormone therapies and as much as 35% of TGNB adults seek gender-reaffirming medical care. The purpose of this assessment is to help you make informed decisions regarding your medical needs and rights to care as you reach your goals in the safest way(s) possible.

Book your trans* care assessment.

Queer-prioritizing online therapy with a gentle down-to-earth gender therapist

My highest aim in working with you is to help you affirm your relationship to your gender and to help you figure out if and what part of transition to undertake. If for personal reasons you feel transition is not possible or worth it at this point in your life, I’ll help you find alternative ways to connect to your gender identity. I'm also here to support you during your experience of anxiety, low mood, grief, isolation, and recovery from past harm, trauma, or prolonged stress.

You will learn to know your truth by the way it feels

Hi, I’m Clayre Sessoms, MCP-AT, RCC, CCC. My pronouns are she/they. I’m a blind and parafeminine human in my mid-forties with bob-length greying hair and a down-to-earth personality. I practice as a Registered Clinical Counsellor of British Columbia (BCACC RCC #18118), a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCPA CCC #10006504), and a Counselling Therapist of Alberta (ACTA CT #2035). I have received advanced training and supervision in gender-reaffirming care, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, and Focusing.

I’m a white settler on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and I’m committed to learning how white supremacy and capitalism torment racialized, disabled, trans*, and queer bodies. My work is influenced by the exploration of a felt sense as I learn to acknowledge, name, and respect the roots of my somatic practice; the insights gained from my former careers as a bodyworker, a gentle yoga teacher, and a writer; and the deep longing to return to nature to remind myself of the possibilities of health and/or harmony after so much harm.

Welcome to the website for my online therapy practice. Here, I aim to provide an accessible and equitable tech-based somatic psychotherapy practice that prioritizes folx with experiences of sexuality marginalization, gender oppression, neurodivergence, and disability. My work relies on evidence-based psychodynamic and body-based practices to hold with deep care the impact of isolation, loneliness, pain, sadness, and worry. 

I have come to know that past experiences shape present life. When we enthusiastically consent to work together, I listen carefully, invite you to check in with your body, and ask questions that lead to your own wisdom of thoughts, feelings, movements, and sensations. A core tenet of our alliance involves rekindling your inner senses of curiosity and compassion in ways that recalibrate responses to discomfort, shame, and stuckness.

Have you ever asked “Why did I do that?” or “Why can’t I control my behavior?” Others may judge your reactions and think, “What’s wrong with you?” When questioning your responses to experiences, it’s easy to place blame on yourself; holding yourself and those around you to an impossible standard. In the work we do together, we learn to shift self-blame from “What’s wrong with me?” to an open mindset of curiosity, fairness, and acceptance. 

You may co-facilitate this shift by sharing stories from your past or simply taking note of how you feel in the present moment as you learn to tend to difficult sensations. Together we consider how your brain processes memories and how your body clings to them. We collaborate in an effort to explore the deeper root causes of hurt and hardship. And we explore new ways to acknowledge pain and lessen suffering throughout our work.

With real connection and regular practice, you will learn to trust your body’s wisdom.

Clayre Sessoms, MCP-AT, RCC, CCC
she/they

A body-centred approach

I invite you to experience body-based talk therapy online to help you build inner strengths and creative resources for growth, change, healing, and embodiment. Formerly a nationally certified massage therapist in the U.S., I’ve cultivated keen awareness of how marginalization and oppression of queerness, weirdness, and otherness bend the body. During the last five years, I’ve found my footing in care work by learning Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®. Today I continue to explore the body-prioritizing modality, which includes one-on-one supervision with certified practitioners, consultation with colleagues, and advanced training held by Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.

An ethical practice

It’s very important to me to be registered, licensed, and aligned with the highest standards of professional care. I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #18118) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I’m also registered as a Counselling Therapist (CT #2035) with The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta. And I’m registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. These important regional accreditations mean that I’ve met the highest education and practicum training standards in BC, AB, and Canada at large. It also means I govern myself and my practice according to these codes of conduct and ethics.

The details

Appointments

Your therapy sessions may be booked online. This requires you to create a free Jane App account.

Frequency

We meet weekly or bi-weekly to get to the root cause without delay. I do not offer monthly sessions.

Cancellations

The full session fee is required when canceling or rescheduling less than 24 hours before your session.

Insurance

I issue a receipt by email for you to submit for reimbursement. I do not directly bill insurers. 

Fees

$190 per 50-minute individual therapy session and $300 per 80-minute individual therapy session.

Low-cost Therapy

I cannot offer reduced fees at this time. View my resources page for many low-cost options.

What brought you to therapy with me?

Choosing the right therapist for you is a big decision because working with an aligned psychotherapist can influence and impact how you progress towards living your best life. That's why the first 50-minute individual counselling session is so important. Let's talk about how we'll work together, determine if we're a good match, and plan our collaboration.