Blog post by Dr. Abi Weissman on her individual blog about jewish cultural humility including ways to be a jewish -affirming clinician

Blog post by Dr. Abi Weissman on her individual blog about jewish cultural humility including ways to be a jewish -affirming clinician

 At its poway office, Waves has an all-gender bathroom for the safety and comfort of its clients; Waves uses a sign explaining the importance of this from the queer, trans, & Jewish organization, Keshet

At its poway office, Waves has an all-gender bathroom for the safety and comfort of its clients; Waves uses a sign explaining the importance of this from the queer, trans, & Jewish organization, Keshet

Knowing strongly that you are both, a transgender Jew and a queer Jew?

 It can be tough to grow up Jewish or be a Jew of choice AND identify as LGBTQIQAP.  

Some therapists can be well-meaning but not understand the complexities surrounding being Jewish and LGBTQIQAP. 

Annoyed that many gay events in San Diego often happen on Shabbat? How do you pick between your religion and your queerness? Do you have to?

Some are scared to come out to their parents that their sweetie is a Nice Jewish (or not so Jewish) Boy and not the Nice Jewish Girl that their parents expected them to date. Others can feel terrified that coming out as a lesbian will mean that their parents will sit shiva for them as if they had died or that their parents will disown them. 

It can be frightening to think about gender or sexual identity, let alone think about how these orientations or identities will affect your Jewish faith and community. Here at Waves, we will provide a space for you to explore your sexual orientation, gender identity(ies), and faith and make decisions based on what feels right for you! 

 

 Dr. Weissman tables at trans pride including information about a Shabbat event at her table

Dr. Weissman tables at trans pride including information about a Shabbat event at her table

 Here is Dr. Weissman's Registration ticket from her presentation on wellness at Transkeit: Affirming Gender diversity for Jews and Allies

Here is Dr. Weissman's Registration ticket from her presentation on wellness at Transkeit: Affirming Gender diversity for Jews and Allies

Dr. Abigail "Abi" Weissman has extensive training in working with queer, trans and Jewish populations. She has served on the board of directors and has run a trans inclusive women's chavurah (group) at a San Francisco LGBTQIQA - focused synagogue.

She wrote her clinical psychology dissertation on people who identify as transgender and as Jewish. The goal of the dissertation was to learn from her trans and Jewish participants about how psychologists can be more effective and more respectful of people of trans and Jewish experience. And she learned so much from her participants and can't wait to share her knowledge with you.

Please contact Waves today using the button below to start exploring your identities in a safe, Jewish, queer, and trans-affirming space with Dr. Abigail "Abi" Weissman.