I provide emotional and spiritual support for women and men who are in the process of coming out later in life in the LGBTQIA+ community. What is late in life? This is defined by generation. I have provided support for people as young as twenty-five to eighty.
I graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity. I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a progressive Christian denomination. I am also trained as an interfaith hospital/hospice chaplain and embrace influences from Buddhism and yoga. I worked in hospice for a decade caring for people at the end of life and their loved ones. I am a certified Compassionate Bereavement Provider through the MissFoundation.
Being part of the transformation that occurs in someone's life. Partnering with them as they figure out why they sought counseling.
Anne-Marie Zanzal is a trustworthy and compassionate professional. I first met Anne-Marie after I’d come out as a lesbian at 42yo, and had recently divorced. I was also grieving multiple losses of loved ones after an extreme bout of caregiving. I felt devastated, tired and alone. She counseled me with compassion and intuitive knowing. She offered me hope during one of the darkest transitions of my life. I am an introvert and would ordinarily shy away from support groups. However, I joined one of Anne-Marie's groups anyhow. (1) I was supported with tools to learn more about my resilience and my authentic self. (2) I forged meaningful connections with other women in transition and grief. (3) I regained confidence. Many of us will experience darkness and crises during major life transitions. Sometimes the pain will feel so unbearable that it is easy to get lost in despair. Anne-Marie supports and connects women at a time when we need it most. When we are finding ourselves in the darkness, trying to reignite hope, all while searching for the courage to keep moving forward… Anne-Marie Zanzal and her support groups of courageous women propelled me forward on this very journey.
I found Anne-Marie to be both insightful and compassionate. In spite of the difference in our years, she really seemed to understand and appreciate my experiences and helped me to see a way to be able to continue to grow and learn about myself.
I ask all clients to do an initial "get to know each other sessions" for $10. I also encourage clients to do group work with others on the coming out journey. I typically start a new group every month.