My New Book – Gender Identity Journal

I always thought I would write a book.  I have been writing since I was 13 years old and performing spoken word since I was 21. But, it turns out my first book is even more exciting than that! My first book, the Gender Identity Journal: Prompts and Practices for Exploration and Self Discovery comes out this Tuesday, December 21st,...[ read more ]

(HRT) Hormone Letters and Informed Consent for the Transgender Community

By: Katie Leikam, MBA, LCSW, LISW-CP, BC-TMH Can I use Informed Consent for Hormones? The first thing to know about getting an HRT letter is that informed consent is possible and there are doctors’ offices that practice informed consent. Informed consent is when you give your consent to begin hormones after learning what happens to your body and the risks...[ read more ]

Four Mindfulness Exercises for Anxiety

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is everywhere, and people are telling you to be mindful and intentional, but how do you put it into practice? The first thing to know about mindfulness is that you don’t have to sit cross legged on the floor to be mindful. Being mindful is a lot to do with your intentions and being cognitively aware...[ read more ]

What if Being Successful Has Made You Anxious?

I recently finished my MBA in Marketing this summer and one thing I noticed while I was in school was the pressure to succeed. Everyone was rightfully worried about getting a job after graduation, or they were already in high pressure jobs while they were in school. Success Can Make You Anxious Did you know success can make you anxious?...[ read more ]

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 ]

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