Sharon F. Hester, MS, LPC
Hello! Welcome! I am a Queer affirming therapist in Denver, CO. I provide counseling to both teens and adults seeking personal growth and healing. In my work at Rooted Acorn Counseling, I focus on supporting and empowering those folks who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. I love working with and have specific experience with gender identity, anxiety, teens, values, high achievers, addiction as well as grief and loss. One of my biggest passions is working with LGBTQIA+ youth. I specialize in those life challenges happening at this time of life. These may include depression, anxiety, identity exploration, academic stress, coming out, and family conflict. I also provide therapy for parents of LGBTQIA+ teens and adults, and can help parents in navigating their own journey as new members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Values I strive to cultivate and you can expect in our therapy work together include honoring and making space for discomfort when it comes to doing and saying what is important, making space for humor and compassion as well as authenticity. A priority of mine is to hold a space that is accepting and warm, so folks feel comfortable to show up just as they are. I also seek to honor the individual experience of folks choosing to work with me. My stance is that your identities are there to be honored and I strive to provide a welcoming space for you. Empowering you as the client is of great importance to me as well. You are the best source of knowledge on you. 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. Some of my favorite things are gardening, record collecting and listening to music as well as traveling with my partner and pup, Ozark Blue. Although I do not get there as often as I would like, one of my favorite places is my hometown beach. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy living in Colorado and love the mountains here, and there’s some space I keep open in my heart for the ocean.
Land Acknowledgement, Located on the Land of:
We at Rooted Acorn Counseling acknowledge that we practice, move and exist uninvited on the traditional land of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute and Očhéthi akówiŋ, now known as Colorado. This acknowledgement only becomes meaningful when combined with accountable relationships and informed actions. This acts only as a first step in honoring the land we operate on. We continue to honor the people, elders, and indigenous ancestors of this land.