Evelyn O. Pavlova

Evelyn Pavlova is a counselor and an Ally, whose preferred population is LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, invisible minority, asexual, and ally) individuals. Her areas of interest are eating disorders, mood disorders, mindfulness, and spirituality. Read more about her new counseling journey at www.curvyroad.weebly.com


    Jul 22, 2014
    Standards of Care (SOC) for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health is an important complication for counselors, who work with transsexual, transgender, and/or gender-nonconforming clients. Although many counselors do not specialize in trans* issues, all counselors must be aware of the document and its contents in order to advise the clients and make appropriate referrals.
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    Jul 08, 2014
    The topic of outing others (i.e., sexual orientation, gender identity, or even an HIV status) is quite subtle. So far, I have not seen it being discussed anywhere in literature or academic settings, but I have witnessed such discussions in my personal life. I find it important to raise the subject, because we are not taught or trained to be aware in this area and, often, we learn through mistakes. But, perhaps, we can avoid some of them in the future.
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  • COMING OUT - Pt. 2

    Jun 23, 2014
    In Coming Out, Pt.1 of my blog entry I was talking about the definition of coming out and the nature of the process. In the second part, I would like to mention the stages of coming out, as well as positive and negative consequences for counselors to consider, when they work with LGBTQIA clients.
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  • Coming Out - Pt.1

    Jun 02, 2014
    When I think about a coming out process for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, it is associated with courage, freedom, strength, challenge, expansion, and gain, as well as pain, insecurity, fear, loss, and rejection. First, I said "process," because it's not a one-time event or act - it's a continuous journey that lasts for as long as one lives.
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    May 19, 2014
    Something came to my attention recently. Again. I was reminded about the way our brains love to categorize, particularly in binary terms - black and white, tall and short, good and bad, right and wrong. It's understandable why we do it - such categorization gives us peace of mind, because once we place something or someone in a proper (or improper) box, we can make sense of it and move on.
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