LGBT-Affirming Therapy Services in Costa Mesa, CA.

and Los Alamitos


 Are you struggling with your identity as a member of the LGBT community? Have you faced discrimination because of your sexual orientation or identity? If you're seeking help because you've faced these or other issues, James Brillon Therapy provides LGBT-Affirming Therapy in Costa Mesa, CA. and Los Alamitos

What Is LGBT-Affirming Therapy?

I know that your sexual orientation is an important part of your identity, not an issue. I am experienced in working with the community and trained in EMDR trauma resolution therapy, and I use my training and experience to provide LGBT-Affirmative services. An Affirmative Therapist is a necessity for any LGBT person seeking therapy. I see healing as integration and I work with you to find balance, develop greater self-awareness to help you understand how your mind and emotions work. 

Often the culture in which we exist or grew up in can be a source of problems. You may not know how to safely navigate the culture, how to cope within it or if desired, to transcend it. I can also help you with family issues you may face because of your orientation or identity. 

Will My Visit Be Confidential?

When you visit my office you can trust that what you say is confidential and will remain between you and me. James Brillon Therapy is a safe space for LGBT clients to explore any issue whether or not it overtly relates to gender identity or sexual orientation. I can assist with issues affecting the LGBT community including overcoming stigma and judgment, and discovering your identity or orientation. 

 As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, I provide safe and effective LGBT-affirming therapy. If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please call James Brillon at (714) 388-6457. If you are still unsure about therapy, see my OUT & INformed videos about serving the LGBT community.   



EMDR: How It Helps People Cope with Trauma & PTSD

While many people are unfamiliar with EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, it has actually been in use for several decades now. It was developed in the 1980s as a means of alleviating the psychological stress caused by past traumatic events, treating military personnel who have PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. It is now one of the primary therapies the Veterans Administration helps treat vets with trauma and it has since been adapted to help with many other forms of trauma. 

EMDR in a Nutshell

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves guided eye movements or other bilateral stimulation and resolution of past traumatic experiences. As you’re directed to safely recall the events, feelings and thoughts that cause you to experience psychological stress, we will utilize specific eye movements and/or technology like hand buzzers to help  minimize the effect that traumatic memories have on your emotional state, thoughts and even unconscious beliefs. Research is still being done to further explore exactly how and why EMDR and eye movements help to manage psychological stress. 

The basis for EMDR is Adaptive Information Processing Theory. Traumatic memories are of those which are not adaptively processed and can live in the body and the mind.  EMDR replicates REM sleep, the process through which the brain naturally integrates and processes memories.  Using specific eye movements or other kinds of bilateral stimulation during EMDR, traumatic memories can become simply memories. Over time, the memories will produce less of an emotional reaction and people begin to think more positively about themselves.   

Benefiting from Therapy

Once the effectiveness of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy was seen in soldiers and others with post-traumatic stress disorder, therapists began adapting the therapy. They found that it could be used to help alleviate a number of other mental health issues and psychological disorders, including traumas which happen during childhood, even when the person may have little conscious memory of the trauma. Often trauma is stored in the body and held in negative self-beliefs, and EMDR addresses these directly. After going through the 8-step therapy, people with PTSD or other traumas no longer have difficulty talking about their past experiences. They can talk more freely about the memories, which means other types of therapy will also be more effective. Successful completion of the process also helps people function better on a day to day basis.

Specifically, EMDR is currently used to treat patients suffering from:

  • PTSD
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Complex and developmental trauma
  • Physical and sexual trauma