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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KAMESHA WALKINS, MSW, LSW

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

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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SUMMER BROWN, MSW, LSW

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

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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MAX LAFFEND, M.S., LSW

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

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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HILRY HAZELWOOD, MSW, LCSW

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

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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HEYDON HENSLEY MSW, LSW

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

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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