Transgender and Gender Identity Specialty
If you are looking for transgender therapy in Georgia, a gender identity affirming therapist in Georgia, it can be difficult. I work with transgender clients in Decatur, Atlanta and throughout Georgia, who are contemplating, currently going through, or have completed transitioning.
You may be wondering, what does a gender therapist do? or what is gender therapy like? I know that gender is a spectrum and I affirm my clients within that spectrum. My sessions are a safe space for you through your own personal journey. There are many challenges and joys that occur through the process of transitioning. Deciding when to talk to family, friends, and bosses are times that you will need someone who has the experience needed to help guide you through the process. Dressing in your affirming gender can be very exciting and feel satisfying, but also lead to stress and concern. Navigating through the world of stigma and misgendering can cause anxiety and fear.
I also offer grief counseling for people who are experiencing a loss or have fear of losing a spouse, partner or children and family. I can help you navigate difficulties communicating with your loved ones. We can process the loss while accepting your gains in personal self worth and positive growth potential.
If you choose to have gender affirmation surgery, I will explore that change with you so that you may make a fully informed decision. I am qualified to write letters for HRT and gender affirmation surgery.
My experience as an advocate and ally for people whom identify LGBTQIA allows me to be well versed in the knowledge needed to treat you kindly and fairly with no judgement. It’s helpful to work with someone who will honor your pronouns and will honor you. It is not my job to be a detective of your identity, but to work beside you. I am a member of WPATH (World Professional Association of Transgender Health) and a member of the Atlanta LGBTQ therapist resource. I also follow the model of informed consent and want want my clients to be informed and empowered to make the changes they desire.
Distance Counseling in Georgia
I am a Distance Credentialed Counselor. I have taken extra training to offer distance video counseling for individuals who are living throughout Georgia. Video counseling can be used for brief therapy, longer term individual therapy sessions, in between in person sessions and for obtaining your letters. Often clients living in more rural areas of Georgia such as Albany, Dalton, Americus, Statesboro, Columbus or even Savannah, do not have access to LGBTQIA and gender affirming therapists. I offer this service to allow for therapy to be as convenient as possible. I use a HIPPA compliant video service, emailing, phone and text to take the most steps possible to ensure your privacy. Please contact me for a free consultation for distance counseling.
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Gender Confirmation Surgery Letters
Gender Confirmation Surgery and Hormone Replacement Therapy letters throughout Georgia- If you choose to have gender affirmation surgery or begin HRT, I am qualified to write letters for HRT and gender affirmation surgery. There are doctor’s offices in Georgia that ask for a letter before beginning treatment. I realize that it can be frustrating to be required to have a letter written for something that is of your decision. I will not unnecessarily prolong the process of receiving your letter. However, If you choose to explore deeper for mental health concerns, I see clients for individual or group therapy after they receive their letter. Please note, there is an additional charge for the time to write the letter. For more resources on working with me for letters, please read my blog posts about them here.
M.E. – My Emergence – A gender identity process group for emerging adolescents and young adults
Join Katie Leikam, LCSW for a gender identity therapeutic process group downtown Decatur, GA. At M.E. you will be able to express your gender or non gender. You can present as you feel most comfortable surrounded by other members who are close to your age. They may be experiencing some of the same concerns. We will share and process coming out at school, to family members and in work environments. Shared experience about the process of transitioning and your journey of you just being you work well in a group setting. You can process difficult or joyful emotions together. This is a small therapy group with time to share your individual experiences. M.E. is different than a support group. I will be directing the conversation so you can explore and process your gender exploration or identity. We will be using therapeutic methods such as CBT, mindfulness and solution focused therapy.
Transfeminine Video Support Group
This group is for transfeminine adults 18 and older just starting their outward transformation. The group is appropriate for members who may not be able to drive to in person groups. It is also for those who want the safety of presenting who they are online. Topics in group will include transitioning, work, familial topics, and any subject members need support with. This small support group will meet on Monday evenings for an hour every other week beginning in January 2018. Please reach out with any questions you may have.
LGBTQIA Couples Counseling
I offer couples counseling for partners and spouses that are dealing with life transitions in their relationship. Transitioning offers many challenges on its own, but the effects on your partner are important to address too. I offer sessions to explore hurt, confusion and acceptance within the relationship. Change in relationships is hard no matter what the change is. A change of gender identity or sexual orientation can be more challenging. It can change the core of intimacy. Clients often find those sessions helpful if their partner is ready to come to therapy. Exploring the ways you will change physically, emotionally and how those changes may affect your relationship is ideal during your transition.