Lisa Brownstone

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Name: Lisa Brownstone
Name of Practice: Brownstone Psychotherapy LLC
Address: 4340 E. Kentucky Avenue
Phone: 720-314-8544
Mental Health Degree/Licensure/Certification: PhD

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

What types of public insurance do you accept, if any?

Please explain insurance limitations, if any.

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

Please estimate the number of clients you have worked with in each of the following categories:
Trans Children:
Trans Youth:
Genderqueer and Gender Non-Conforming: 10
Trans Women:
Trans Men: 4
Trans Elders: 1

Do you specialize in particular health issues (e.g. gender identity, trauma related depression and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum, etc.)?
Yes. My specialty areas include disordered eating, trauma, relational distress, body distress, LGBTQ+/women’s health. I also work with couples.

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

Please describe your treatment approach (e.g. cognitive behavioral, experiential, body-centered, DBT, etc.).
My therapy approach is open and honest. I show up as both a human and psychologist, and do not emphasize a professional power hierarchy. Thus, my clients often tell me that they feel invited to ask questions when they wonder what I am thinking. I use cognitive behavioral therapy and draw upon feminist, multicultural and psychodynamic theories as well. I am a strong advocate for racial justice, LGBTQ+ equality and rights, and human rights more broadly. I am not value neutral on such topics.

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?
No. I provide assessments and letters of eligibility for clients with whom I work on an ongoing basis,.

On average, how many sessions or hours of assessment do you require to assess eligibility for:
Hormone Therapy:
Chest Surgery:
Genital Surgery, if primary letter writer:
Genital Surgery, if secondary letter writer (when 1st letter writer is written by client’s primary/ongoing psychotherapist):

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

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)?

Does a coexisting mental condition preclude providing the client with a letter?
No. Co-occuring mental health conditions are often exacerbated by lack of access to gender affirming healthcare; therefore, it is rare that a mental health condition would preclude a letter.

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
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 staff and reception staff?

Does your practice have all-gender or gender-neutral restrooms?

Do you have anything in your physical environment that would be welcoming to a Trans person, such as brochures, pamphlets, magazines, pictures that relate to Trans people and/or Trans issues?

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

Do you have a way of protecting the confidentiality of a patient’s Trans status?

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: No
Scheduling/Appointment Staff: No
Reception/Front Office Staff: No

Please describe the training noted above, if applicable.
I have received extensive training through UNC-Chapel Hill on LGBTQ+ affirming mental health care. I have also attended trainings through Queer Asterisk, Denver VAMC, and the Denver Psychoanalytic Society.

Do you have any concerns about the experience level of intake staff that could create an uncomfortable situation for trans clients? If so, is there someone the patient could contact to assist?
No. I have a private practice without support staff and patient liaisons; however, I encourage clients to come to me with feedback.