Trans Therapy Specialists

The following people identified themselves as trans therapy specialists:

Dana Blackburn, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
43 Center Street, Suite #204, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-1766‎

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: trauma, eating disorders, addiction, LGBT issues
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
  • Insurance accepted: nearly all; offer sliding scale

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? "Under certain circumstances; I prefer not to be a 'gatekeeper' and have reciprocal relationships with like-minded colleagues to write letters when needed."

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Davis Chandler, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider’s own gender: nonbinary/transmasculine

Contact Information
25 Main Street, Suite 220
Northampton MA 01060
(404) 441-2912; https://thecenterforpsychotherapyandsocialjustice.com/therapists

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: erotic minorities: trans/nonbinary, queer, poly, kink, BDSM
  • Population(s) treated: adults, adolescents, couples/marriage therapy, family therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
  • Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield 

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, clinical supervision of trans cases, community events (or other events outside of a clinical setting)

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Chatham Dann, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider’s own gender: trans male

Contact Information
351 Pleasant Street, Suite B
(413) 282-7026; www.Cadencebehavioral.org 

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: Autism, ADHD, brain differences, neurodiversity, gender, trauma, queer people, sexuality (sex therapy), relationships
  • Population(s) treated: for groups only, adults, adolescents, family therapy, group therapy
  • Accessibility: N/A
  • Insurance accepted: Aetna, Optum, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, HNE, Mass Health standard, Always, Cigna

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: graduate coursework, CEU hours, clinical supervision of trans cases, community events (or other events outside of a clinical setting)

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes (only for clients at this time)

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Mae Ehrnfelt, M.S.W., Licensed Certified Social Worker

Provider’s own gender: trans nonbinary

Contact Information
Leaves of Change Counseling
16 Center Street, #517
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 624-4325; mehrnfelt@leavesofchangecounseling.com
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/mae-ehrnfelt-northampton-ma/938248 

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: trans, queer, ADHD, substance use recovery
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/marriage therapy, family therapy, group therapy
  • Accessibility: offer weekend appointments, offer evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: Aetna, Cigna and Evernorth, Group Insurance Commission, Tufts, Wellfleet, Out of Network, private pay, sliding scale 

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, clinical supervision of trans cases, community events (or other events outside of a clinical setting), research
  • Notable training or experience: lived experience as a trans person

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Tetty Gorfine, M.A., Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
LifeCourse Counseling
P.O. Box 845, Northampton, MA 01061
(413) 775-3567, tgorfine@gmail.com; https://lifecourse.net

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBTQ populations
  • Population(s) treated: adults, couples/relationship therapy, group therapy
  • Accessibility:  in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: PPO insurances only and MBHP branch of Mass Health (PCP plan)
  • Fluent in, and can provided treatment in, American Sign Language

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases
  • Notable training or experience: "I have provided workshops to local groups, including the Smith College counseling faculty."

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? I do write letters and offer alternatives for informed consent

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Kelly Heck, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
Affirmative Counseling
42 Howard Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 358-5697, kellyheck@affirmativecounseling.net; www.affirmativecounseling.net

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: sexual identity, gender identity, youth/family needs
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy, group therapy
  • Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
  • Insurance accepted: Health New England, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), Fallon, Commonwealth Care, Community Health Plan, Medicare, Medicaid

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: graduate coursework, CEU hours, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases
  • Notable training or experience: "I have a private practice that specializes in treatment of gender nonconforming and transgender-identified individuals, with a particular focus on trans-identified youth ages 5 – 22. I facilitate groups for gender non-conforming youth in rural areas. I also have executed grant-funded research and projects to support LGBTQ youth, and presented these processes and outcomes in national trainings."

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Melissa K. Heckman, M.S.W., M.Ed., Massachusetts Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider’s own gender: Nonbinary/Queer

Contact Information
Transhealth Northampton
Florence, MA
(413) 341-9400; transhealth.org

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: identity development, trauma, complex trauma and impact on development
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, relationship therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
  • Insurance accepted: pretty much all

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, clinical supervision of trans cases, community events (or other events outside of a clinical setting)
  • Notable training or experience: “Nearly all CEUs are used to keeping up to date on new information advocacy growth change in trans & gender diverse communities”

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Patricia Jenkins, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
16 Center Street, Suite # 503, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-2590

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBT, trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), couples, adolescents
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, group therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: Pioneer, United Behavioral Health, Harvard Pilgrim

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases
  • Notable training or experience: attendance at the New England Gender Conference in 2007

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Julie Mencher, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
199 Main Street, Suite # 2, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-7933

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBTQ issues, trauma, eating disorders, sexual issues, relationship issues
  • Population(s) treated: adults, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
  • Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: All Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurances, Harvard Pilgrim, Aetna, Health Care Value Management, PacifiCare, United Behavioral Health, First Health, Pioneer, Magellan

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, research, clinical supervision of trans cases
  • Notable training or experience: "I conduct trainings for other clinicians on working with gender issues, transgender people, and families and partners of transgender people."

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? “Under certain circumstances.”

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Madeline Nussbaum, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: cisgender woman, femme and queer Identified

Contact Information
25 Main Street, Suite # 220, Northampton, MA 01060
413-282-8992; madelinenussbaum@gmail.com; www.madelinenussbaum.com

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: gender and sexuality, sex therapy, trauma, couples and polyamorous groups, young adults
  • Population(s) treated: adults, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, offers evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: Health New England, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, most plans with out-of-network benefits; offer sliding scale

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, and clinical supervision of trans cases.
  • Notable training or experience: post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Sandy Ortega, M.Ed., Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, Behavioral Health Specialist

Provider's own gender: female

Contact Information
511 East Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105
(413) 433-6492

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBT behavioral health
  • Population(s) treated: adults, group therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers weekend appointments
  • Insurance accepted: "We accept all types of insurance (Massachusetts-based)"; offer sliding scale
  • Fluent in, and can provide treatment in, Spanish

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases.

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Jason Rose-Langston, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: male

Contact Information
116 Pleasant Street, Suite # 316 (Eastworks Building), Easthampton, MA 01027
(413) 695-6633, www.jasonroselangston.com

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: gender therapy, adolescents, trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children/adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, group therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, Beacon, BMC Healthnet, Heath New England, Tufts, Cigna; offer sliding scale

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases
  • Notable training or experience: "Six months training course in transgender assessment and treatment by Lisette Lahana (LICSW)," attendance at the New England Gender Conference in 2007

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Angela Rowan, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: cis female (queer identified)

Contact Information
Mailing address: P.O. Box 204, Greenfield, MA 01302
413-824-8150, angela.rowan.licsw@gmail.com

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: trans and gender-nonconforming adolescents & adults, LGBTQ+ families, eating disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, borderline personality, trauma, depression and mood disorders, anxiety, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
  • Population(s) treated: adolescents, adults, and families
  • Insurance accepted: Please contact me. Contracts are pending. 

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Training or experience related to trans people: continuing education courses, conference attendance, community events, participant in peer supervision group, work on an inpatient psychiatric unit for LGBTQ+ People. Lived experience in a queer and trans family. 
  • Notable training or experience: provided many trainings to mental health providers on gender identity, and gender-affirming care. Developed LGBTQ+ affirming programming for eating disorders clinic, adolescent residential program, and inpatient programs. 

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

 

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J. Michael Rowan, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: trans male

Contact Information
486 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Mailing address: P.O. Box 204, Greenfield, MA 01302
(413) 475-5190; j.michael.rowan.licsw@gmail.com

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: trans and gender-nonconforming children and young adults, trauma, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders
  • Population(s) treated: children, adolescents, adults, and families
  • Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: graduate coursework, research, CEU hours, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases
  • Notable training or experience: Received Joan Laird Thesis Award for excellence in research about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people for Master's Thesis "Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Childhood, Adolescence, and Early Adulthood."

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Shannon L. Sennot, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Provider’s own gender: cisgender woman

Contact Information
Center for Psychotherapy and Social Justice
25 Main Street, Suite 220
Northampton, MA 01060
shannon.sennot@gmail.com
translategender.orgthecenterforpsychotherapyandsocialjustice.com  

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: pediatric gender specialization, adult gender: sexuality, family/couple/polyship for LGBTQIA+ people
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/marriage therapy, family therapy, poly/ethical non-monogamy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
  • Insurance accepted: none, but many are able to get reimbursement with an invoice 

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, clinical supervision of trans cases, community events (or other events outside of a clinical setting), research
  • Notable training or experience: “Translate Gender has been giving trainings and workshops about gender since 2006. See our website.”

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Sara Shuff-Heck, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: cisgender female

Contact Information
Affirmative Counseling
42 Howard Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 358-3038; sarashuff@affirmativecounseling.net; www.affirmativecounseling.net

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: gender identity, gender transition, sexuality
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
  • Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: MBHP, BMC Healthnet, Health New England, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts Network Health, Tufts, Medicare

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: graduate coursework, post-graduate coursework, CEU hours, conference attendance, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Brooke Stott, M.S.W, Licensed Clinical Social Worker pending

Provider’s own gender: trans woman

Contact Information
Transhealth Northampton
Florence, MA 01062
(413) 341-9400; transhealth.org

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: anxiety, depression, identity development, gender and sexuality
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, group therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop
  • Insurance accepted: Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), Mass Health Standard, Health New England 

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: graduate coursework, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, clinical supervision of trans cases, community events (or other events outside of a clinical setting), research

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Ethan Suniewick, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: trans man

Contact Information
49 Gothic St., #5, Northampton, MA 01060
(415) 237-1737

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: adult ADHD, addiction/substance abuse, anxiety, depression, gender, sexuality
  • Population(s) treated: adults
  • Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening and weekend appointments
  • Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Beacon (BMC), UBH, Health New England, Cigna, Multi-plan, some Tufts products, Harvard Pilgrim; offer sliding scale

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: graduate coursework, research, community events, clinical supervision of trans cases
  • Notable training or experience: "In 2007 I produced a trans* cultural competence training video for medical and social service providers; it is available through Frameline Distribution."

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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Hunter Swanson, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: transmasculine

Contact Information
10 Fiske Avenue, #2, Greenfield, MA, 01301
(413) 522-6596; huntergswanson@gmail.com

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: gender identity, LGBTQ issues, trauma, anxiety, mood disorders
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, adolescents, couples/relationship therapy, family therapy
  • Accessibility: in a wheelchair accessible facility, in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments. Outreach visits are available for those with transportation difficulties.
  • Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, NHP, BMC, Beacon GIC, most Mass Health plans, Tufts Commercial, Cenpatico, UBH, Cigna; offer sliding scale

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events.
  • Notable training or experience: workshop presenter at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference in 2007

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? Yes

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M. Estey Ticknor, M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Provider's own gender: woman with gender variance

Contact Information
57 Gothic Street, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-0110

Information About Practice

  • Area(s) of clinical expertise: LGBT populations, adolescents, general adult psychotherapy
  • Population(s) treated: adults, children, family therapy
  • Accessibility: in a facility that is near a bus stop, offers evening appointments
  • Insurance accepted: Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Health New England, First Health, Beacon/Fallon

Trans-Specific Training and Experience

  • Trainings or experience related to trans people: CEU hours, workshops/seminars, conference attendance, community events, research, clinical supervision of trans cases
  • Notable training or experience: "monthly group/peer consultation, Lisette Lahana’s [New England] Gender Conference, presented at ServiceNet to clinical staff"

Letters of Support for Transitioning Individuals

  • Do you write letters in support of gender-affirming medical interventions? "Yes, if I do an evaluation only. No, if I am doing long-term treatment. It is my policy that I don’t combine being the therapist and the evaluator for the same client, due to the therapy getting contaminated by an evaluative stance. I refer my clients to someone else for the 'letter.' I do take referrals for gender evaluations only."

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