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Name: Mari Golan
Name of Practice: The Variant Life LLC
Address: 4800 Baseline Rd Suite E104 310 Boulder, CO 80303
Mental Health Degree/Licensure/Certification: MA in Counseling Psychology, Registered Psychotherapist
Does your practice accept private health insurance payment ? Consumers are advised to contact their insurer regarding insurance coverage for a specific provider.
Practice Accepts :
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 –
Trans* Women –
Trans* Elders –
I have worked with trans*, genderqueer, and gender nonbinary individuals in other professional capacities, including life skills coaching and mediation; most of my expertise regarding counseling for these populations comes in the form of separate research and lived experience.
Do you specialize in particular health issues (e.g. gender identity, trauma related depression and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, etc. ) ?
I specialize in queer sexual identities, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and asexual identities. I also specialize in gender identity and presentation-related issues, including transgender, genderqueer, and non-binary a/gender identities. Additionally, I work with individuals who practice alternative relationship styles, such as polyamory and kink, as well as people who follow alternative spiritual or religious paths, such as paganism. I also have training and experience in working with trauma and life-impacting negative experiences, such as the endings of relationships, change of faith of worldview, or death of a loved one.
Please describe your level of experience (e.g. years, training, etc. ) in working with Trans* and Gender non-conforming clients ?
I have worked in various professional capacities with trans* clients for 2 years, including life-skills coaching and mediation.
Please describe your treatment approach ( e.g., cognitive behavioral, experiential , body-centered, DBT, etc. ).
I work from an integrative approach, which blends evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, as well as transpersonal and alternative approaches, such as somatic-based therapy. I work from a trauma-informed base of training, and include a component of social justice when appropriate in my work.
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. I offer single-case assessments on a case-by case basis, as relevant to the needs of each client. However, I strongly encourage many clients to pursue ongoing counseling, both to work with past and current issues that may connect to the experience of social stigmatization or other psychological or emotional challenges, and also to support them through the process of transition.
On average, how many sessions or hours of assessment do you require to assess eligibility for:
Hormone Therapy- 3-4
Chest Surgery- 3-4
Genital Surgery, if primary letter writer- 3-4
Genital Surgery, if secondary letter writer (when 1st letter is written by client’s primary/ ongoing psychotherapist) – 3-4
Generally, I see clients for 3-4 sessions in order to conduct assessment and also help the client gain familiarity with the clinical process and available mental health resources.
How do you assess readiness for Hormone Therapy and or Surgery:
Clinical Interview- Yes.
The assessment process tends to be relational in nature, and involves exploring with the client their thoughts and feelings regarding their hopes for treatment.
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) ?
I generally do not anticipate circumstances under which I would determine that a client does not meet the eligibility requirements for hormone therapy or gender surgery, provided that the client has identified gender-related distress as the cause for the symptoms they experience.
Does a coexisting mental condition preclude providing the client with a letter ?
No. The presence of severe, major mental illness does not generally preclude these treatments; however, it may necessitate further or ongoing clinical treatment to ensure the provision of sufficient stability and support through the transition process.
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. I communicate my non-discrimination policy in my mandatory disclosure statement, which I discuss with each client during our first session.
Do you have a way of protecting the confidentiality of a patients Trans* status ?
Yes. As I operate a private practice, all of my client records are kept confidential. Additionally, I do not believe that it is ever appropriate to disclose an individual’s trans* status to others unless there is specific, immediate need.
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-
Scheduling/ Appointment Staff-
Reception/Front Office Staff-
Please describe the training noted above, if applicable.
I have attended trainings on the social and cultural considerations and needs that clients present with in counseling relationships, including trans*, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming individuals. Additionally, I have attended training, presentations, and conferences that have specifically addressed the importance of therapeutic competence in working with this population.
I f 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 ?
I conduct all of my own intakes with each new client, and do not hire separate intake staff. However, I also provide resources for trans* clients so that if they experience uncomfortable situations within our sessions or the office environment, they can seek additional support.