Shana R. Gordon-Cole, MA, LPC, CRC, LPCS
Tree of Life Counseling, PLLC
WPATH Standards of Care Yes
Affirmative therapy for LGBTQ individuals is based on the premise that LGBTQ and heterosexual identities are equally valid. An LGBTQ affirmative counselor has particular knowledge, awareness (specifically self-awareness), and skills specific to competent counseling for LGBTQ individuals. While maintaining a broad view of acceptable lifestyles, LGBTQ-affirmative therapy challenges oppressive stereotypes and systems of thought, and celebrates and advocates for LGBTQ people and their relationships.* The American Counseling Association has ethical guidelines for working with the LGBTQ population as well as recently adopted new guidelines for working with the Transgender population as well. We also strictly follow the WPATH Standards of care for working with Transgender individuals. However, LGBT-Affirming therapy goes beyond just following guidelines, it involves a spirit of humility, respect, and deep understanding of the vast differences in human social ecology.
Shana's areas of expertise are in LGB & T issues, disability issues, and competency to stand trial. She has been identified as a Transgender Specialist and is qualified to provide referrals for transexuals in order to begin hormones replacement therapy and/or sexual reassignment surgery. Shana also does hormone and surgery evals via tele-med for anyone anywhere. Shana treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment to disability, and chronic pain issues.
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm accepting new patients, by appointment only, tele-med appointments available, occasionally I can offer late or weekend hours for professionals or service members
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