Sharon F. Hester, MS, LPC
gender and sexuality ● anxiety ● overachievers ● the queer community experience
Hello! Welcome! I am a queer human and therapist practicing in Denver, Colorado. I am so glad your journey to therapy has led you here.
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 identity, anxiety, teens, values exploration, overachievers, addiction 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, 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.
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. You can expect a space that is accepting and warm, so you feel comfortable to show up just as you are.
Empowering you as the client is an important part of therapy. 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. 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.