Christie Baryames, MA, LPC

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Name: Christie Baryames, MA, LPC
Address: 500 Coffman, Suite 115 Longmont, CO
Phone: 303-817-4330
Mental Health Degree/Licensure/Certification: Master of Arts Licensed Professional Counselor

Does your practice accept private health insurance payment? Consumers are advised to contact their insurer regarding insurance coverage for a specific provider.

No, but provide a monthly statement that my clients turn in to their insurance if they want to use their insurance.


Practice Accepts: see above.


Do you have a sliding scale for patients with limited resources?-



Estimated number of clients you have worked with in each of the following categories :

Trans Children– 1

Trans Youth– 1

Genderqueer and  Gender Non-Conforming– 3

Trans Women– 2

Trans Men– 3

Trans Elders– 0


Do you specialize in particular health issues (e.g. gender identity, trauma related depression and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, etc.)?

Yes, gender identity, trauma, grief and loss, divorce, parenting issues, play therapy, life transitions, LGBTQ



Please describe your level of experience (e.g. years, training, etc.) in working with Trans* and Gender non-conforming clients?

Active in the transgender community since 1979. Counseled 6 trans clients.


Please describe your treatment approach (e.g., cognitive behavioral, experiential, body-centered, DBT, etc.).

I use the Humanistic approach in my counseling practice. Also, Play Therapy and Sand Tray


Do you provide single case assessments (for individuals not seeking ongoing psychotherapy)  and, as appropriate, letters of eligibility for hormone therapy and gender related surgeries?



On average, how many sessions or hours of assessment do you require to assess eligibility for

Hormone Therapy– 50

Chest Surgery- 50

Genital Surgery, if primary letter writer- 50

Genital Surgery, if secondary letter writer (when 1st letter is written by client’s primary/ ongoing psychotherapist)- 30


How do you assess readiness for Hormone Therapy and or Surgery?

Clinical Interview- yes

Collateral Contacts- yes

I would want to work with a psychiatrist to corroborate my diagnosis, but after seeing a client for a year and following the Benjamin Guidelines I would feel comfortable writing a letter. I do not do psychological testing and would need to refer that out.


If there have been cases in which you have determined that a client does not meet eligibility requirements  for hormone therapy or gender surgery,  what are the criteria under which you have denied a request for a letter ( or cases in which you anticipate that you would deny a request for a letter)?

If I didn’t feel that the client was 100% honest with themselves or me, I would not write a letter.


Does a coexisting mental condition preclude providing the client with a letter?

No. It depends on the condition. For example, I would not write a letter for a client with schizophrenia. Nor would I write a letter for someone with situation depression, though I would after the depression were lifted.


Does your practice have inclusive paperwork (e.g., list more than male and female gender options, allow a place for preferred name, etc.)?



Paper files that are inclusive? – Yes


Does your practice have a system for recording preferred name and pronoun of patients and communicating that to staff, especially scheduling/appointment and reception staff?- Yes


Does your practice have all-gender or gender-neutral restrooms?- No


Do you have anything in your physical environment that would be welcoming to a Trans* person ( i.e. brochures, pamphlets, magazines, pictures that relate to Trans* people and or Trans* issues?- No


Does your practice have an inclusive non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation?- Yes

I am a sole practitioner. I welcome everyone who comes for counseling the same. No judgments. I am here to help.


Do you have a way of protecting the confidentiality of a patients Trans* status?

Yes. My files are locked when I am not in my office.



Have you or your staff attended training or had other education on providing services to Trans* patients apply?

Person responding to survey – yes


Please describe the training noted above, if applicable.

I have been to PFLAG talks, but mainly my education has come from talking with trans identified people.