Brigitte Dutil, ATR, LPCC, LMFT

Brigitte Dutil, ATR, LPCC, LMFT

The LGBTQIA+ community continues to face challenges and prejudice.  It is important for service providers to know and understand how these difficulties can negatively impact us, our families, and friends. I provide a safe, compassionate, and nurturing environment to help clients feel better able to share their thoughts, fears, and goals.  As a Psychotherapist, Parenting Coordinator, Collaborative Divorce Coach & Child Specialist, and Mediator - Relationship Dissolution Specialist I assist people in reaching an agreement or settlement when terminating a relationship, addressing post-relationship issues, or establishing parental and/or custodial agreements. Once the parties reach a written agreement, this written agreement has the same enforceability as a court ordered judgment.  As a Professional Consultant I to educate and support other professionals when they are interacting or working with an LGBTQIA+ client in their practice.  Such consulting can be initiated by you or the professional.

Contact Information

  • 4433 East Village Rd, Ste L
    Long Beach, CA 90808
  • Phone: 562-420-2300
  • Fax: 562-262-0675
  • Hours

    Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Other Information


Additional Locations: South Bay / Long Beach, Orange County

Gender: Female

Populations Served: Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Non-Gay Men, Non-Gay Women, Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Children 13-19, Adults

Theoretical Orientations: Client Centered, Cognitive, Developmental, Experiential, Family Systems, Humanistic/Existential, Insight Oriented, LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Solution Focused

Therapy Modes: Brief, Long Term, Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family, Workshops

Degrees: MA, MFT

Academic Institute 1: LMU

Year Graduated 1: 2002

License Number: MFC42451

License State: CA

Years in Practice: 11

Private Practice: Yes

Available for Emergency: Yes

Accept Interns: No

Insurance Accepted?: Yes

Fee Range: $125-$120

HMO's / PPO's Accepted: MHN/Managed Health Network
Most PPO plans

Workshops: “Coming-Out” – Visualizing the Journey

Presented by: Brigitte Dutil, ATR, LPCC, LMFT

There are several lesbian and /or gay identity formation stage models, but the Cass Model of identity formation is the only model supported by empirical data. Although the model is presented as stage progression, it is actually a non-linear process. The coming-out process can conceivable be a life-long process, no matter the solidity and security of one’s sexual orientation identity.

Cass’s model (1979) (identity confusion, identity comparison, identity tolerance, identity acceptance, identity pride, identity synthesis) applies to men and women, is the most quoted, and is the only identity formation model that has been proven through verifying research. Her model is dependent upon two distinct factors: identity formation as a developmental process, and the stability (identity foreclosure) or change of one’s behavior is pursuant to interaction between the individual and his or her environment.

Presentation goals and objectives:
Increase participants’ knowledge of the stages of identity development (the coming-out process; Cass Model (1979).
Improve participants’ understanding of their client’s / own coming-out story, as a result increase participants’ level of understanding their client’s and own experience and reduce degree of external/internalized homophobia.

Program summary:
The presenter will guide participants through an exploration of coming-out utilizing the Cass Model of Identity Development. Through the use of art making directives, participants will explore the various stages of understanding of their client’s and possible their own identity development. The end result will be a visual documentation of the participant’s journey, increasing the participants’ ability to understanding of their clients’ possible behaviors, attitude, choices, and life experiences.

Strategies for workshop:
The strategy employed will be a lecture and experiential model, a combination presentation, art making and verbal processing of the participant’s experience in the workshop session, as well as their understanding of their clients’ life experiences.

Non-Profit Organization: $250
Other Professional Organizations: $550

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