Mental Illness or the urgency for professional assistance with this specific need in our community is not often discussed openly but it should be. My continued search on related/relevant topics, services and people that contribute to our LGBTQ+ community has granted me to opportunity to speak to many interesting individuals. The interview with Katie Leikam was my first experience speaking to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Atlanta, GA.
Katie Leikam‘s Facebook post on providing services to members of the LGBTQ+ community almost literally fell into my lap.
I, at first, didn’t feel like the topics she referred to apply to me. I don’t have concerns with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship stress and gender identity. I also don’t relate to my loved ones not accepting me or my choices. Those are services that Katie provides. After rationally thinking about it, everything made sense. Just because I do not deal with those concerns doesn’t mean many of our readers wouldn’t be able to relate. I felt it was pertinent to discuss topics relevant to the LGBTQ+ community and mental health, as well as the therapy that is necessary. She was gracious enough to chat with C.J. Jones and I about several topics including age groups she is and has worked with, her motivation to go into the profession of Social Work, and her story on how she became an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. Watch the following video for the additional question, answers and more insight on services that are available ……(view video below)
Video Editing: C.J.Jones
Additional topics I asked Katie to give me feedback on…..
Samaya: Give us just a little background on you (degree, license etc).
Katie: I graduated for Georgia State University with a B.S. degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice. I then graduated form University of Georgia with my master’s degree of social work in 2009. I currently am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia. I have been involved in social work since 2004 working with foster children, hospice, the aging community and I have been providing therapy since 2012. I then began focusing my services to the LGBTQ community.
Samaya: Let us know what services you provide.
Katie: I provide individual therapy for concerns with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship stress and gender identity. I offer group therapy sessions throughout the month. My current group is a process therapy group for the transgender community for grief they experiences when their love ones don’t accept them. My online therapy services are now live and I do currently offer video counseling. I will also provide distance counseling for individuals throughout the state of Georgia. I believe reaching the LGBTQ community in rural Georgia is key for a successful community throughout the state.
Samaya: What types of Insurance do you accept for therapy?
Katie: I am currently in network and accepting Aetna, Humana, and Magellan Insurances. In the next month I plan to accept TriCare. I am able to provide a receipt for clients who want to use their out of network benefits to be reimbursed by their insurance company as they allow.
Read a recent article Katie Leikam wrote on her website – I am transgender and grieving…
You can also reach and read about Katie on FACEBOOK , TWITTER , & PINTEREST
Click on the link below to go directly to Katie Leikam’s website