I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience working as a therapist for the GLBT community. I received a BA in Psychology from Yale and an MSW from UConn. My affiliations have included the New Haven Pride Center, AIDS Project New Haven and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, as well as national and state social work organizations. In 2000 I received a Community Service Award from the New Haven Pride Center. I am proud to be an Honoree of the Pride Center's 2013 Dorothy Awards, and the CT NASW's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. I am currently a member of the Advisory Council for
B Stigma Free.
Since 2004 I have worked extensively with transgender adults and teens and their families as a therapist and as a supervisor of other clinicians. With the goal of expanding the base of knowledgeable providers for transgender individuals, I give presentations regarding transgender services to medical and mental health professionals, and to educators. I have presented at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health WPATH) Symposium in Atlanta, the USPATH Symposium in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, the Maine Academy of Family Physicians, Yale University and the University of Connecticut. I was the keynote speaker at the GSA Summit at Eastern CT State University and the CT School Counselors Conference. I also gave the keynote at transgender youth conferences at Children’s Hospital in Boston and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. From 2012- 2016 I was a consultant for the Transgender Care Team at Yale Health Plan.
I am the author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents
and Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: The Essential Guide.
Articles, Blogs, Podcasts and Radio
April and December, 2014; October 2017: Q&A at My Kid is Gay
September 28, 2017: Interview at My Kid is Gay about Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth.
In March of 2017 I was interviewed on BCTV the day before presenting a training to over 100 mental health clinicians at Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont. Watch the interview here.
Authenticity and Safety — Family Therapy With Transgender Teens, Social Work Today,
online edition, November 11, 2011
November, 2014,"Reducing Stigma About Transgender Identities," B Stigma Free blog.
July 15, 2014: Transgender Rights: "The Civil Rights Issue of Our Time"? Where We Live on WNPR, Hartford CT.
May 19, 2014: ESPN podcast, Inside Out: Gay Athletes
March 6, 2014: "The Psychology and Sociology of Coming Out of the Closet," Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR, Hartford, CT.
March, 2014: Trans Youth Equality Foundation, interview recorded in June, 2013 for Transwaves
October 21, 2011: WQUN 1220AM (Quinnipiac University), morning show with Ray Andrewsen, regarding Helping Your Transgender Teen. To download the audio: WQUN audio file
Call me at 203-988-7018
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