Brandon Haydon, LCSW
Brandon Haydon, LCSW
As a therapist, I provide a non-judgmental and affirming space that acknowledges and celebrates the beauty of human sexuality, gender, and relational variance. I orient my practice in solidarity with clients identifying as or exploring LGBTQ, non-monogamy and kink/BDSM. I focus on cultivating themes of honoring and worthiness in helping clients foster intentional relationships that take conscious shapes around their desires.
My primary interests are non-oppressive therapy and advocacy. My clinical approach includes aspects of feminism, narrative theory, and sex-positivism. I have experience working with survivors of trauma, those impacted by severe mental illness and people in the sex trade. As a therapist, my role is to be your witness, your guide, and your audience as you step into a story you wish to tell about your life.
Together, in therapy we can:
- The stories you can tell about yourself, your experiences, and others.
- The language you use to identify and express yourself.
- Your emotional landscape and what ignites or diminishes your unique spark.
- How systems and the narratives around us shape meaning and provide both pressure and support.
- Your ability to find and hold on to a sense of your integrity, to act in accordance with your true values and desires.
- Your core desires to align your dreams with action.
- Your sense of safety, bravery, and compassion for self and others.
- The gifts and insights hidden in the chapters of your life.
- Permission to feel your feelings separate from how they might be judged by yourself or anyone.
- Formulating simple, attainable goals that promote the feelings you desire.
- What gratitude, vulnerability, and courage look like for you with yourself and in relationship to others.
- Intentional living through self-compassion and self-advocacy.
- The impact of your actions and reactions.
- Your feelings toward yourself and others to find greater accord with your authentic self.
- Your core feelings, sense of activism, and actions toward freedom and connection into the story of You.
I strongly believe that exploring a personal sense of gender and sexuality can have profound implications for your sense of freedom, health, and connection to others – and therefore your potential to share the most and best of yourself creatively, socially, and professionally. This is the adventure we are all on. In therapy, I can join you as a witness, a listener, an advocate, a comrade.
Education & Professional Memberships
Brandon has trained at:
Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
Center on Halsted Volunteer Orientation and Training
Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) T.E.A.M Comprehensive HIV training
Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) Community and Ally Training
Loyola University Chicago, LGBTQIA Safe Space Training
Brandon is a member of:
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG)
Kink & Poly Aware Chicago Therapists (KPACT)
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