Meagan Narvaez, LMHC
Hey there, if you are here, it means you are ready for change, growth, and healing. I am here to help empower you to take steps forward.
My name is Meagan Narvaez (she/her pronouns). I am a queer Woman of Color from a Puerto Rican family. I am also a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Professional Counseling from the University of Georgia. Development of connection, communication, and self-empowerment is the core of my work. I aspire to learn from my clients as much as I aid them on their journey.
Contrary to our political climate, I do not discriminate against People of Color or LGBTQI+ individuals in my practice. Instead, I openly celebrate these communities and actively work to uplift us.
My passions and specializations are within the realm of race, sexuality, gender, and pleasure. As a sex therapist, I wholeheartedly believe in pleasure activism––the idea that humans are not meant to live in a constant state of suffering. I use this framework as a positive direction for clients to embrace and hold sacred what is pleasurable for them. Whether that’s cooking their favorite meals, learning to say no, laughing with a dearly loved friend, moving their bodies, or having the best sex one can imagine.
I have a podcast called The Sex & Podcast, that shares stories from Women of Color about how mental and physical health challenges impact sexual wellness. Openly talking about (and listening to stories about), sexaual health is integral to normalizing sex and pleasure.
More about my experience:
In the past, I worked in community behavioral health. Most of my clients had a combination of mental health and substance use issues. Because community mental health serves individuals using government-funded healthcare, the majority of my clients were low-income, and some were homeless. People in marginalized circumstances are resilient survivors. I helped clients face a wide range of health challenges, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, psychosis, meth, heroin, and alcohol use. These health challenges often coincided with physical health issues and disabilities. As a therapist, I know that different health issues can impact one another and create obstacles to change. My role in your care is to help give you the skills to overcome those obstacles for a more meaningful life.
Person-Centered Therapy is the foundation of my therapeutic style. This means I make space for my clients to come in as they are and accept them with empathy and unconditional positive regard. I see people’s values, struggles, and background––all the things that make them who they are and honor that. I give them room to accept themselves and progress toward their goals. From there, I use Relational Cultural Theory (RCT). RCT focuses on how issues of social justice and oppression shape our experiences and relationships. I incorporate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which gives clients practical skills for coping with distress and communication difficulties in various relationships.
Languages Spoken: English