Lodi Siefer

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Name: Lodi Siefer
Name of Practice: Finding Ground Psychotherapy
Address: 75 Manhattan Dr. Suite 206 Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-396-7505
Mental Health Degree/Licensure/Certification: LPC

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

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: 0
Trans Youth: 0
Genderqueer and Gender Non-Conforming: 5
Trans Women: 2
Trans Men: 2
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. Trauma-related issues and PTSD, depression and anxiety, grief, autism spectrum disorder, and LGBTQ community.

Please describe your level of experience (e.g. years,  training, etc. ) in working with Trans and Gender non-conforming  clients?
I have been interested personally and professionally with supporting trans* folks since my second year of graduate training in counseling at Naropa in 2008. I have more experience with people identifying as gender non-conforming, non-binary, gender queer and am interested in growing that experience to include more trans men and women. My training has been through personal study, attending community trainings and awareness, and through experience with people identifying as trans*.

Please describe your treatment approach ( e.g., cognitive behavioral, experiential , body-centered, DBT, etc. ).
I use an integrative approach to counseling that draws from client-centered models, attachment theory, systems thinking, social justice, Buddhist psychology, body psychotherapy (particularly Somatic Experiencing), psychodynamic theory, as well as cognitive and behavioral models. My approach is based on understanding that we all possess inherent health. I simply help uncover what’s already there.

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

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

Clinical Interview:
Collateral Contacts:
Psychological Testing:
Written Questionnaire:

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?

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 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 ( i.e. 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?
Yes. Stated on the website and in new client paperwork

Do you have a way of protecting the confidentiality of a patients Trans status?
Yes. This is a private practice without other employees so confidential client information is solely held by myself unless there is a release of information.

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.
Gender identity training at the University of Colorado.

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?
This is a private practice so I would be doing the intake, however if a client has concerns or is uncomfortable with me, they can always contact the Mental Health Licensing Section of the Division of Registrations to voice their experience.