Episode 21: LBGTQ & Gender Therapy with Katie Leikam, LCSW

Episode 21

LGBTQ & Gender Therapy with Katie Leikam, LCSW

In Episode 21, Erin Everett, NP-C, interviews licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Katie Leikam, who specializes in LGBTQ and gender therapy, anxiety and depression, secular therapy, and relationship counseling. During the episode, the two discuss various LGBTQ & gender therapy topics including finding a therapist, obtaining a transition surgery letter, and more.

About This Episode

In episode twenty-one of Exclusively Inclusive, Erin Everett, NP-C, welcomes LCSW and gender therapist Katie Leikam to the show.

Local to the Atlanta/Decatur area but licensed to provide video sessions for patients located throughout Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Florida, Katie specializes in not only gender and LGBTQIA specialized therapy but also secular therapy for religious trauma, relationship therapy, and support for family members of individuals who are transitioning or are in the LGBTQIA community. She has her masters degree in social work and an additional three years of supervised training.

During the episode, Erin and Katie discuss several topics related to gender and LGBTQIA affirming therapy including navigating therapy during COVID, how to make sure to find a truly LGBTQIA and gender affirming therapist, and navigating implicit bias in therapy. Katie emphasizes that her patients are the authority over their gender and who they are.

Later in the episode, the two discuss Katie’s specialty in helping patients navigate secular therapy after facing religious trauma and in gender therapy specifically for patients with autism and their families. Katie discusses the often unfulfilled need to help patients navigate religious trauma related to their gender identity and/or sexual orientation as well as the common misconceptions parents and family members of patients with autism have when it comes to gender therapy.

Further in the episode, Erin and Katie discuss the process Katie goes through with patients to obtain a surgery letter. Katie reassures patients that she is not there to judge patients but simply to ensure patients are able to provide informed consent and that they are fully prepared for the process they will go through, not only in body, but also in lifestyle, in regard to their transition surgery.

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LGBTQ & Gender Therapy with Katie Leikam, LCSW