Episode 16: Queer Mental Health in the South ft. Katie Leikam
According to the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health referral letters are not required transition related services. However, many health professionals act as gatekeepers. Today we chat with Katie Leikam, a licensed clinical social worker focusing on the mental health needs of queer individuals in South Carolina and Georgia. Katie provides in office services as well as telemedicine. Katie is opening up doors to LGBTQI and nonbinary mental health services in the Southeast.
Meet Katie Leikam
Katie Leikam, LCSW started True You Southeast to help people make the transition to living more fully as themselves. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Master’s in Social Work and obtained her bachelor’s of science in Psychology from Georgia State University. Katie is a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, LGBTQ Therapist Resource Center, and The Secular Therapists Network. Katie’s practice include office appointments as well as Telehealth in Georgia and South Caroline. The philosophy of True You Southeast was born 8 years ago when Katie learned that a friend of hers needed a gender affirming letter from their therapist so they could progress in their gender transition. Katie was horrified to learn just how many barriers there were to affirming care. Many of those barriers still stand today. Katie is also a public speaker and educator on topics about the LGBTQIA community and gender identity. She has spoken at THEA, (Transgender Health and Education Alliance), The Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, and Gender Odyssey and The National Trans Health Conference in 2018.