QUEER, I: THERAPY CENTER

Therapy by and for LGBTQIA+ folks

Our Queer, I Therapy Center is dedicated to connecting LGBTQIA+ clients and their family members with queer therapists who can create a safe and affirming space for growth.  We see our center’s name as a metaphor. As our community is reclaiming and exploring all that queer can mean, we hope your therapeutic journey will empower you to reclaim and explore your own identities and the shape of your life, goals, and relationships.  Meet our team below--we work with couples, adults, and youth aged 8+.  We are in-network with Aetna, Horizon, Empire, Anthem, BCBS, United, Optum, Oxford, Meritain & NY 1199 plans and offer daytime, evening, and weekend appointments.  Click the "book now" button under any bio to see that clinician's open weekly times and request your first appointment. 

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PIERCE BOURGET, MSW, LSW (THEY/THEM)

Psychotherapist
349 3rd St. Jersey City Office
Providing In-Person and Telehealth Sessions to NJ Residents
Works With: Couples, Adults, and Teens

Meet Pierce Now. Pierce has experience working with clients navigating issues such as anxiety, depression, substance use, and LGBT+ identity and experience. Pierce focuses on making therapy as collaborative as possible with clients, employing a person-centered approach, and using modalities such as Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to accomplish this. In their work with couples, they use the Gottman Method to assist their clients in finding a more conducive way of communicating and managing difficult conversations. They not only consider a person’s experiences but also the societal context and environment around the person to better understand where their clients are coming from. Pierce is also guided by their experiences as a gay and nonbinary person. Pierce received their MSW from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Social Worker in NJ. Pierce works Tuesday through Saturday, with in-office days on Fridays and Saturdays.

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CHARLEY RAFFERTY, BSW

Psychotherapist Intern
349 3rd St. Jersey City Office
Providing In office and Telehealth Sessions to NJ Residents
Works With: Couples, Adults, Teens, and Kids

Meet Charley Now. Charley focuses on trauma, anxiety, depression, and LGBTQ+ community issues. She has worked with a wide demographic including children, adolescents,  adults, couples, and refugee populations. She utilizes a strengths-based approach and a trauma-informed lens with her clients. Charley focuses on strengthening personal autonomy and fostering empowerment from within to help clients build positive self-esteem. With couples, Charley uses the Gottman Method. Charley is one of our Social Work interns and is pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work at Montclair State University to accompany her Bachelors of Social Work from The University of Vermont. Charley works Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with in-office days on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

(Sessions Beginning in September)

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CECIL GAUER, MSW, LSW

Psychotherapist
Millburn Office
Providing In-Person and Telehealth to NJ Residents
Works With: Teens, Adults, Couples

Meet Cecil Now. Cecil helps clients navigate anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, and LGBTQ+ identity and experiences. Cecil looks at therapy as a collaborative process and uses strength-based, person-centered, and solution-focused therapy in his work while drawing on his experiences as a bisexual transgender man. With couples, Cecil uses the Gottman Method to support traditional relationships, non-monogamy, and kink orientations. He conducts his work with a focus on social justice, making sure to examine not only clients’ experiences but also their societal contexts. Cecil received his MSW from Rutgers University with a certificate in Violence Against Women and Children and is a Licensed Social Worker in NJ.  He works Tuesday to Saturday.  (Sessions beginning in September)

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HILRY HAZELWOOD, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor & Psychotherapist
Jersey City Office
Providing In-Person and Telehealth Sessions to NJ & NY Residents
Works With:  Adults

Meet Hilry Now. Hilry focuses on trauma, depression, anxiety, and LGBTQ+ community issues. She has worked in the field for 10 years and uses different modalities and techniques such as mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, solution-focused and psychodynamic psychotherapies. Hilry has a certificate in perinatal therapy from the Postpartum Support International and works with new moms and dads, navigating the challenges of this stage in life. Most importantly, though, she is guided by the person sitting in front of her, and will work with her clients to identify their unique needs and goals for therapy. Hilry earned her Masters of Social Work from New York University and she is a licensed clinical social worker in NJ and NY. Hilry works Monday to Friday with in-office days on Wednesday and Friday.

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SUMMER BROWN, MSW, LSW

Psychotherapist
Millburn Office
Providing Telehealth to NJ Residents
Works With:  Couples, Adults, Teens, Kids

Meet Summer Now. Summer specializes in depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, LGBTQ identify, chronic illness, people living with HIV/Aids and adjustment challenges.  In her practice with teens and adults, Summer draws on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness.  Summer has expertise to offer LGBTQ+ individuals and couples navigating the intersection of gender, race, and identity. With children 8 to 12, she uses play therapy and the Nurtured Heart Approach to improve relationships and behaviors at home and in school.  Summer draws on the Gottman Method and Family Systems Theory in her work with couples.   She received her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Social Worker.   She works Monday and Friday 1-9 PM in person at the Millburn location once it opens, Tuesday, and Thursday 8-4 PM virtually, and Wednesday 12-8 PM virtually.

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HEYDON HENSLEY MSW, LSW (THEY/THEM)

Psychotherapist
Jersey City Office
Providing Telehealth to NJ, NY & MA Residents
Works With:  Couples, Adults, Teens, Kids

Meet Heydon Now. Heydon supports clients navigating anxiety, trauma, and family conflict, as well as LGBTIQAA+/Queer-related challenges and identity development.  Heydon's therapeutic approach offers a focus on setting meaningful goals in the context of a larger societal framework. They bring strategies and tools from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and narrative therapy to the work while also drawing on personal experiences as a nonbinary transperson to support clients from all walks of life. Heydon received their MSW from Boston University with a specialization in working with survivors of trauma and violence. They work Tuesday through Saturday from 7am to 3pm. Currently Heydon offers telehealth sessions only with in-person appointments coming soon.

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KAMESHA WALKINS, MSW, LSW

Psychotherapist
Millburn Office
Providing Telehealth to NJ Residents
Works With:  Couples, Adults, Teens, Kids

Meet Kamesha Now. Kamesha specializes in providing affirming and restorative therapy to LGBTQ+ youth and adults.  In her work with couples, Kamesha draws on the Gottman Method, an evidenced-based therapeutic approach that increases effective communication and emotional connection. She also has experience supporting individuals and families in overcoming substance abuse and healing from trauma or family violence.  Kamesha employs a trauma-informed lens and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Skill Building and Solution-Focused techniques to assist clients in identifying and working toward their goals. In her work with kids and teens, Kamesha uses Hip Hop, Spoken Word and other creative arts and pop culture activities to promote engagement.  She received her masters from Florida Atlantic University and is a Licensed Social Worker.  Kamesha works with clients Monday-Wednesday from 10am-8pm and Thursday-Friday from 9am to 2pm.  Currently she is offering telehealth sessions only but will also offer in-person appointments at our Millburn office once it opens.

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MAX LAFFEND, MSW, LSW

Psychotherapist
Jersey City Office
Providing In-Person and Telehealth Sessions to NJ Residents
Works With:  Couples, Adults

Meet Max Now. Max specializes in relationship issues, transgender adjustment, gender and sexual identity formation, personal development, anxiety, and depression.  In their work with couples, Max draws on the Gottman Method, a research-based approach for helping couples heal and connect.  With individuals, they use cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused modalities.  Max’s work emphasizes evidence-based practices, client strengths, and practical strategies for moving forward.  They also consult at our local Hudson Pride Center and are familiar with support groups, services, and affirming doctors state-wide.  Max earned their masters from Seton Hall in Social Work and are a Licensed Social Worker.  They work Tuesday to Saturday with in-office days on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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