3 Questions- Are You Communicating Well with Your Partner?

It’s later in the evening and your partner is working late.  You are bored and your mind starts to wonder.  Suddenly, you have worked yourself up that there’s something wrong in your relationship and you reach out to text them.  Fighting happens, either over text, or over the phone and you feel incredibly worse off now than you did earlier...[ read more ]

Why It’s Okay To Say No To Christmas This Year

In two days, it will be Christmas of 2018 in Georgia and throughout the nation.  There’s lots of traditions and expectations that come with the holidays and this week, I have been hearing a lot about them at the practice in the last few weeks. Clients and I have made holiday contingency plans all month to keep them mentally well...[ read more ]

Mental Wellness During Social Gender Transition

This week I spoke at the National Trans Health Conference in Atlanta, GA about Mental Wellness During Social Transition.  It’s important to stay mentally well during your transition and it’s important to take care of your mental health.  When you are transgender, and you first start to transition, it can be exciting, and you can feel great and feel affirmed,...[ read more ]

What Is Self Care Anyway? And Why You Need It

Your frazzled.  You feel like you don’t have time to breathe, let alone time for yourself.  You may be working all the time or dealing with college and trying to make good grades or just get ahead in all of life’s stress.  Trying to find time for yourself may seem like to lofty of a goal right now and you...[ read more ]

Being Authentic in the LGBTQ Community – Being Your Best Self

In a couple of weeks, I will be speaking at Gathered and Grounded in Decatur, GA about being authentic in mind and body and we will follow the discussion with an LGBTQ affirming healing yoga class. I wanted to speak about being authentic when you are part of the LGBTQ community because being comfortable with your own body and own...[ read more ]

Religious Differences in LGBTQ Families- How to Cope

Earlier in August, I attended and spoke at The Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. It was a great experience and my second time attending. One of the classes I took was about spirituality and gender identity. I’ve written about spirituality and gender identity before, but I thought that I would revisit it in this blog. Often, I have clients tell me...[ read more ]

Anxiety and the LGBTQ Community- How to Cope

Anxiety and worry can come anytime for some people. You could be finding your having a hard time getting to sleep at night because you can’t stop worrying, or you travel and find it hard to pack for a trip. When you have anxiety, your heart can beat faster and you can feel panicked. It can be harder to breathe....[ read more ]

Parents: Supporting Your Transgender Child

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Gender Odyssey conference in Los Angeles. I also had the opportunity to speak and educate others at the conference about teaching clients to use positive self-affirmations and be kind to themselves through gender dysphoria. Advice for Transgender and Non-Binary Adolescents One of my favorite presentations was a youth panel where five...[ read more ]

Katie Leikam, LCSW is Expanding to True You Southeast!

Katie Leikam, LCSW is Growing! It’s been a momentous year and a half in solo practice here in Decatur, Ga and now in South Carolina as well.  I have really appreciated getting to know all my clients and have had the opportunity to write many HRT and surgery letters for some great people.  Now I- want to announce that I...[ read more ]

LGBTQ and Transgender Tweens and Teens: Coming Out to Family

Sometimes I get emails from tweens and teenagers asking me how to come out to their families.  Coming out as LGBTQ or transgender to your family can be scary, tough, relieving and sometimes feel overwhelming.  There can be anxiety or fear that they won’t understand, will say mean things or that they won’t love you the same. But. It can...[ read more ]

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