Sharon F. Hester, MS, LPC
teens and adults ● anxiety ● the queer experience
Hello! Welcome. I am a queer human and therapist in Denver, Colorado. The search for a therapist can be a daunting task, and am so glad the search has led you here. I am deeply grateful and honored to offer a space for you to heal, grow and move forward courageously in your life.
In my work at Rooted Acorn Counseling, I focus on supporting and empowering adults and teens who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. I love working with and have specific experience with gender, anxiety and worry, self-discovery, overachievers, substance use as well as grief and loss.
Issues we may address together may include, and are not limited to: depression, grief, anxiety, identity exploration, self-worth, work-life boundaries, building a deeper connection with self and others, academic stress, coming out, and/or family conflict. I also provide therapy for parents of LGBTQIA+ teens and adults, and can help parents in navigating their own journey as new or existing members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
You can expect our therapy work together to be rooted in values of compassion, humor, and authenticity. You can also expect a space that is accepting and warm, so you feel comfortable to show up just as you are. Another value I strive to cultivate in my work with folks is empowerment. What this may involve is us working together to connect you with your own inner resources and strengths. You are the expert when it comes to you and what it means to live life in your skin. Together, we will discuss how your life history and identities can be honored, acknowledged and provided space in therapy. Know as well that I am working on what I bring to our therapy work together. This ongoing awareness of my own identities (e.g. queer) and past histories helps me to show up and be present in our work together.
When I am not working or reading about psychology, I enjoy reading about food justice and social issues. Prior to relocating to Colorado, I spent most of my life living near the ocean. The oceanside is my sacred space. Some of my favorite things are gardening, record collecting and listening to music, as well as traveling with my partner and pup. I have two black cats (I firmly believe black cats are good luck!), who occasionally pop on screen during virtual meetings.