PhD level psychologist and therapist
226 Summit Avenue East
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Does this provider accept Medicaid?
Does this provider accept Medicare?
Psychology, psychotherapy, and counseling
gay/bi/queer men, lesbian/bi/queer women, trans women, trans men, genderqueer folks, Trauma, particularly sexual trauma and sexual assault
Gender Neutral Restrooms?
Comprehensive intake forms that include a patient's chosen name and gender pronouns?
Clinic uses a patient's chosen name (as opposed to their legal name) on their chart?
Trans standard of care used:
As a therapeutic provider, I am not required to adhere to these medical standard models. I use a model of informed consent, affirmation, and exploration to help clients examine as well as meet their goals
Staff Trained in LGBTQ Issues?
I am the sole provider at my practice, and have obtained extensive professional and personal training in LGBTQ-sensitivity, through the provision of formal education (10 years total between undergraduate and graduates degrees) inclusive of and specific to LGBTQ individuals (e.g. Sexualities in the Clinic, Human Diversity) as well as attended additional workshops, trainings, and conferences throughout my training and career supportive of a broad and contemporary understanding of issues related to gender and sexuality as they intersect with lived experience and clinical practice (e.g. Queer Musicians Society biannual meetings, the Association for Women in Psychology annual conference, etc). Though I am the sole provider at my practice, I do practice within a building home to many other clinical providers - while I cannot attest to the level of training these providers have undergone, I can attest to the fact that many also specialize in seeing LGBTQ individuals, and the building environment is one of inclusivity (as demonstrated by waiting room materials, magazine choice, and signage)
Staff Trained in Racial & Cultural Issues?
Again, I am the sole provider at Untangle Psychotherapy, and view an essential part of my mission and work as a therapist to be understanding of where individuals come from, inclusive of racial identity and those identities that exist within a markedly unequal, discriminatory, and actively oppressive society. My training has come from formal classes throughout my 10 years of education (e.g. Wealthy White Males, Critical Race Theory, Violence and Oppression, etc) as well as ongoing attendance of workshops and trainings relevant to understanding cultural and racial sensitivity (e.g. working with multicultural clients, understanding South Asian masculinity, use of narrative therapy with First Generation clients and immigrants, etc). Once again, I am the sole provider within my particular practice, which is housed within a building of other practitioners (with whom clients would have little, if any contact), and would like to note carefully that I cannot attest to the training of these practitioners, though no incidents have ever been reported in my time at this office regarding instances of racism, microaggressive behaviors, or racially based discrimination.
What does your clinic do to make the space welcoming and inclusive for LGBQ-identified patients?
I think about this question a lot, and work to make my space inclusive in many small and seemingly banal ways. As a queer identified person myself, however, I know that often these small touches are the keys that I look for in assessing if a space is truly welcoming and inclusive. As such, I pay close attention to ensuring that my visible books reflect my interest in topics related to queer identity and sexuality, my website uses inclusive language (such as 'partner' and 'relationship counseling' rather than couples counseling for non-monogamous or poly affiliated individuals), and that I speak with clients in a way that does not presume, and invites curiosity about how they uniquely identify and experience their sexualities.
What does your clinic do to make the space welcoming and inclusive for trans- and genderqueer-identified patients?
Again, I think that details can be one of the ways in which true inclusion shines through most profoundly, so I work to make sure my details reflect my respect for gender variance and different gender identities. This means that my paperwork asks for chosen name rather than simply legal name, as well as asks for pronouns; my books and office display items indicate trans and genderqueer inclusiveness (e.g. Whipping Girl, and Trans Bodies, Trans Selves are prominently displayed books, and Safe Space imagery is present in the office); and my initial interactions with clients stem from a place of non-judgmental and non-presumptive questioning (e.g. "how would you describe your gender?" rather than "do you identify as [x]?")
Please describe the ways in which you are involved in LGBTQ community outside of your practice (ex: Do you attend conferences on working with LGBTQ clients? Are you involved in local organizations that serve these communities? etc).
I have been serving the LGBTQ community for about a decade, and this translates beyond my professional practice in a number of ways. I view community advocacy as an essential part of my work as therapist, and have in the past collaborated with or participated in critical discussion groups regarding relevant queer issues (e.g. Queer Feminists group), as well as taken part in relevant local protest and activist measures (e.g. a sit in responding to acts of violence against members of Pittsburgh's Dyke March). I also actively seek ways to volunteer within the community and to offer what services I can free of cost (e.g. workshops at a local midwife center for trans and queer parents). Additionally, I make a significant effort to ensure that I am established and able to serve as a referral source within the provider communities that work with LGBTQ clients, attending LGBTQ therapist meet ups as well as trans consult group hosting both medical and mental health providers.
What else do you want potential patients to know about you or your clinic?
I think it's most important for clients to know that good fit is essential when seeking a therapist. Background, training, and experience are key pieces of the puzzle, but much comes down to how much YOU uniquely feel drawn to and connected with the person you meet with. I encourage all clients to seek out providers that have expertise and specialize in the areas they are interested in, but also to not feel pressured that that means you must like or stay with this person. If you are looking for a therapist and think that we may be a good fit, I'd love to meet you and talk more! Currently I do not take insurance due to the limitations placed upon therapeutic work by insurance companies, but I do work with clients to do everything possible to reduce their costs through any out of network reimbursement coverage that they may have, which can help to significantly offset costs.