Queer Healthcare Accountability Coalition

Laura Gardener

Psychotherapist, LMHC

Life Transitions

216 25th Avenue

Seattle, WA

LauraGardener59@aol.com

This provider is accepting new patients at this time


Insurance

This provider accepts the following insurances:

  • Molina (Medicaid)

Does this provider accept Medicaid?

yes

Does this provider accept Medicare?

no


Practice

Specialization

Psychotherapy; Counseling; Life Coach; Jungian Psychotherapy

Expertise

gay men, lesbians, bisexual, trans women, trans men, genderqueer folks, people in recovery, Transgender Persons


Identity

Gender Identity

Trans woman

Sexual Orientation

lesbian


Training and Practices

Gender Neutral Restrooms?

yes

Comprehensive intake forms that include a patient's chosen name and gender pronouns?

yes

Clinic uses a patient's chosen name (as opposed to their legal name) on their chart?

yes

Trans standard of care used:

WPATH Standards of Care

Staff Trained in LGBTQ Issues?

yes

Description

I am a trans woman. I attended Ingersoll Support Groups while transitioning and I am a member of the Ingersoll Consult Group for professionals. I have also taken workshops with certified LGBTQ facilitators.

Staff Trained in Racial & Cultural Issues?

yes

Description

Cultural sensitivity was addressed in my undergraduate training at Brown University (where I led a student counseling program), my graduate program at Seattle University, and in my internship at Seattle Mental Health Institute, early in my career. My offices have been in culturally diverse neighborhoods throughout my practice. In addition, I have received training through my professional associations, the JPA and SCA.


Values

What does your clinic do to make the space welcoming and inclusive for LGBQ-identified patients?

I believe that my being an 'out and open' lesbian trans woman quickly communicates to clients and patients that I understand a great deal about what it is like to be queer. I also communicate that I am interested in what it's like for my clients to be LGBTQ in their own unique way. I allow my clients to set their own pace around issues like coming out and strive to not impose my own expectations, wishes, and timelines. I honor their use of names and pronouns and try to understand their own unique gender and sexual orientation.

What does your clinic do to make the space welcoming and inclusive for trans- and genderqueer-identified patients?

See above.

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 regularly attend the Ingersoll Consult Group for Professionals. I am also a member of the YMCA LGBTQ Resource Group. I deliver lectures, papers, and workshops to colleagues in my professional associations on topics that touch on trans issues. I attend Gender Odyssey and make myself available as a workshop presenter. I also attend workshops presented by other professionals who do trainings on working with LGBTQ clients. I have marched in the Trans Pride Parade since it's inception and I attend TRANSLATIONS, Seattle's Trans Film Festival. My partner works at Gender Diversity and her daughter is a trans teen so we are frequently attending a great many events in the trans and greater LGBTQ community including Trans Day of Remembrance and Snow Ball.

What else do you want potential patients to know about you or your clinic?

I am a seasoned psychotherapist who has practiced psychotherapy with my Masters degree since 1985. I use a sliding fee scale to help make therapy affordable to clients and I facilitate their use of insurance and other payment sources. I have a European-styled practice in that clients walk through my gardens to reach the entrance to my offices which occupy the bottom floor of my home. Clients use their own dedicated entrance into a waiting room with adjacent restroom. My clients are diverse in terms of gender and sexual orientation and I bring unique experience as a trans lesbian who has also lived in other roles during my life. I have extensive experience working with a great variety of clients including people who experience depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, low self-esteem, and self-harmful tendencies. Many of my clients grew up in dysfunctional families in which there was alcohol and other substance abuse; multi-generational trauma; sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse; abandonment and neglect. Many of my clients, themselves, are working to recover from alcohol and other substance misuse/abuse/addiction as well as food, media, tech, and other dependencies. I am a holistically oriented therapist and I help my clients attend to their nutrition and eating habits, their overall activity and movement (including exercise), sleep habits, and their balance between work, play, and relaxation. I have a strong background in Jungian Psychotherapy and I help clients to pay attention to their dreams, aspirations, desires, and intentions. I encourage them to pursue their own individuation and help them identify what gives them a sense of meaning and purpose in life, including their own orientation toward issues of spirituality. I, myself, have explored a great many traditions including Native American (Lakota Sioux) spirituality, Buddhism, Catholicism, Quakerism, Shamanism, Pagan spirituality, and Yogic traditions. I consider myself to be a well-balanced person with a great many passions and interests. I am a yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist. I also am a performing musician and singer and I teach music. I raise chickens, rabbits, and ducks and grow my own vegetables, herbs, and flowers on my urban farmette. In addition, I create fermented food products: sauerkraut, kim chi, fermented slaws; kombucha, cider, mead, cyser; and kefir. I am committed to helping each of my clients to fully live their own unique lives.