Do you feel different, or like no one understands you? Are you uncertain about where you fit in the world? Maybe you came out to someone and they didn't get it, or worse, they rejected you. My aim is to understand what's troubling you so we can work together toward whatever vision you have for therapy. Maybe you want to feel understood, at home in your body, or at peace with yourself and the people around you. I want that for you too. And I want to hear your story. It's one of the reasons I became a therapist. I’m here to listen so that you can manage life's current difficulties and enhance well-being. I love challenging assumptions and going beyond stereotypes. If you’re feeling stuck, but ready to create the life you’ve been dreaming of, let’s work together.
My passion is in working with issues around significant life transitions (some might call me a gender therapist), coming out in later life, relationships, and sexuality. This includes working with individuals who are transgender (or genderqueer/non-binary), intersex, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning (LGBTQI), folks who identify as polyamorous or non-monogamous (and monogamous couples, too); and couples in or thinking about an open relationship. I am able to provide letters for hormone therapy, name and gender marker changes, or surgery for transgender or genderqueer clients on that path.
For folks who like the facts, I received my masters in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. I provide therapy to individuals, couples, and groups in Austin, Texas under the supervision of Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC. I offer free 20 minute consultations for individuals and flexible weekday and evening appointments. See below for location and fees.
Oh yeah, you might be wondering how to pronounce my last name. Here's a link to help. It's like le-jay, with a soft g instead of a j.
My office is in a yellow house at the corner of 18th and Nueces in an inviting, historic neighborhood between the University of Texas and downtown Austin. Please park on Nueces street, walk up the driveway, and look to the right. There you will see a door with the inscription: 601 West 18th Street. Come on in and have a seat in the waiting area. I'll come out to greet you at our scheduled appointment time.
I see clients Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with some evening availability.
Individual Therapy: $90 per 50 minute session
Relational Counseling: $100 per 50 minute session
Group Counseling: $40 per group session
Exploration Session, Consultation, Letter Writing: $90 per 60 minutes and dependent on length of session/preparation
Cancel/Reschedule: At least 24 hours advance notice
Late Cancellation/No Show: Full session fee
I do not accept insurance, but can provide a detailed "superbill" that you can submit to your insurance provider. Contact your insurance provider for details regarding your specific policy. Let me know if you have questions or would like a copy of my Guide to Understanding Your Out of Network Health Insurance Benefits.
This group is for transgender, gender non-nonbinary, or genderqueer individuals. The aim is to provide a safe space where members have the opportunity to interact in a confidential setting to discuss their experiences and concerns. Examples of discussion topics include exploring "coming out" challenges and inquiries related to the process of transitioning, examining experiences of transphobia, identifying strategies for maintaining safety, and developing an identity-affirming support system. Individuals at any stage in their transition are welcome to join.
Meetings are held in my office at 601 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701 on Monday nights from 7:15 - 8:45 pm (no meeting the second Monday of each month). An initial 15-20 minute phone consultation/interview is required if you are interested in joining the group. Feel free to contact me by phone or email to make an appointment for the consultation.
The cost for each group session is $40.