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Connie North


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Name: Connie North
Name of Practice:
Address: 545 Collyer St, Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: 303-720-6840
Email: connie.north@gmail.com
Website: https://www.bluesagetransitions.com/
Mental Health Degree/Licensure/Certification: LMFT

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

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

Please estimate the number of clients you have worked with in each of the following categories: 
Trans Children: 1
Trans Youth: 1
Genderqueer and Gender Non-Conforming: 6
Trans Women: 6
Trans Men: 2
Trans Elders: 1

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

Yes. To treat trauma, I completed EMDR level I and level II training as well as sensorimotor psychotherapy level I trauma training. I was trained as a systems therapist who specializes in partners/couples therapy. As a queer cisgender woman, I am committed to serving LGBTQI+ individuals and have pursued additional training in working with LGBTQI+ individuals. As a recovering perfectionist, I also am interested in the connection between perfectionism and depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. I spent 16 years in higher education as a faculty member, academic advisor, and psychotherapist and so have significant experience with many of the issues confronting folks in higher education institutions.

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

I have worked with trans* clients since graduating from my marriage and family therapy program in May 2013. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a faculty member of education and affiliate faculty member of the LGBT Studies Program from 2008-2011. I received additional training at the Supporting Transgender and Gender-expansive Youth Conference in Madison, WI, as well as at the GLBT Community Center of Colorado.

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

Healing-centered, mindfulness-based, body-centered/sensorimotor-based, EMDR-informed, self-compassion/acceptance centered, justice-oriented. I gave a 12-minute TEDxCU talk in April 2018 that elaborates on my therapeutic approach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0_6b-AJdWU&t=603s.

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?

Yes

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

Hormone Therapy: 1-3
Chest Surgery: 1-3
Genital Surgery, if primary letter writer: 2-5
Genital Surgery, if secondary letter writer (when 1st letter is written by client’s primary/ ongoing psychotherapist): 1-3

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

Clinical Interview: Yes
Collateral Contacts: Yes
Psychological Testing: No
Written Questionnaire: No

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)?

Presently, I have not denied a request for a letter. I am deeply committed to honoring clients’ self-determination and so follow an informed consent model whenever possible.

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

No. I find that many mental health conditions arise from our interactions with unsupportive and even toxic environments. As a systems therapist, I’m interested in how to help people flourish and shift their interactions with environments that  limit them. Sometimes disorder diagnoses are helpful to people; many times, however, they pathologize individuals for what are, at their root, sociocultural issues.

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

Yes

Paper files that are inclusive? 

Yes

Electronic Health records 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?

Yes

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?

Yes

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

Yes

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

Yes. Unless a client signs a release of information and explicitly specifies that they want me to discuss their trans* status with someone else, their trans* status remains  confidential.

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

Person responding to survey: Yes
Other Clinical Staff: N/A
Scheduling/ Appointment Staff: N/A
Reception/Front Office Staff: N/A

Please describe the training noted above, if applicable.

I received training at the Supporting Transgender and Gender-expansive Youth Conference in Madison, WI, as well as at the GLBT Community Center of Colorado from psychologist Sarah Burgamy.

If you have any concerns about the level of intake staff that could create an uncomfortable situation for Trans clients?  Is there someone the patient can contact to assist?

Yes. I work alone but do share office space with other therapists.  I would ask trans* clients to let me know if they encountered an uncomfortable or unsafe situation in the building so that I could assist.