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Nora Ahmed-Kamal, MA, LPC


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Name: Nora Ahmed-Kamal
Name of Practice: Queer Asterisk Therapeutic Services
Address: 2027 Broadway, Suite E Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 720-507-6161
Email: nora@queerasterisk.com, info@queerasterisk.com
Website: www.queerasterisk.com, www.facebook.com/queerasterisk
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.
No

In process of applying to be able to accept Medicaid and other major health insurance companies, but cannot currently. We can work with insurance companies since we fill a gap in their in-networks services as an exception.

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 – 5
Trans* Youth  – 3
Genderqueer and  Gender Non-Conforming  – 8
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. ) ?
I specialize in working with any marginalized/at-risk population ranging from LGBTQPIA, victims of domestic violence, People of Color, and clients with diverse cultural and economic background. In my work with clients, I focus on trauma related issues, and the impact of oppression in their body and mind.

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* client since 2015 through various organizations, and currently now at Queer Asterisk. In my work at Whittier and Creekside Elementary Schools, I provided counseling for individual children, and their family members. In this context, I supported a number of trans* children in their individual process. I also provided support and consultation to teachers and staff, educating around diversity and social-emotional health issues arising in the school setting. At Queer Asterisk, I provide therapeutic services to predominantly trans* clients, as well as educational services in the community.

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

Elementary Schools, I provided counseling for individual children, and their family members. In this context, I supported a number of trans* children in their individual process. I also provided support and consultation to teachers and staff, educating around diversity and social-emotional health issues arising in the school setting. At Queer Asterisk, I provide therapeutic services to predominantly trans* clients, as well as educational services in the community.
In my clinical experience, I have created a dynamic approach to the therapeutic process which integrates Trauma-informed, Somatic Counseling, Social Justice, Strength-based and Synergetic Play Therapy.

Somatic Psychotherapy is a body-based therapeutic modality which seeks to actively engage the client in both verbal and nonverbal processes, paying equal attention to what the body is saying as to words. Integrating research in neuroscience, attachment theory, and trauma, this approach engages the client in a therapeutic transformation through movements, touch, breath support, and tracking of inner sensations as a means to connect with their body’s innate wisdom.

Social justice counseling is rooted in an awareness of the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression. Through a strength-based, client-defined, and trauma-informed approach, the client reconnects to their own inherent health and power. In addition, the body can become an important source of knowledge to support, heal, and transform the embodied experiences of oppression.

Synergetic Play Therapy is a therapeutic modality that incorporates nervous system regulation, attachment theory, and mindfulness into the play room. In this cutting-edge model, the therapist uses emotional congruence and authentic presence to support the child in developing emotional regulation, secure attachment, and an authentic expression of self.

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

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) ?
Active psychosis at time of request.

Does a coexisting mental condition preclude providing the client with a letter ?
No, with the exception of a coexisting mental health disorder with psychotic features AND active psychosis at the time of request.

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 ?
Denver and Longmont = Yes, Boulder = Single-stall binary gender labeled

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 – Confidentiality agreement, ROIs, HIPAA compliance.

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- Yes.
Scheduling/ Appointment Staff- Yes.
Reception/Front Office Staff- Yes.

Please describe the training noted above, if applicable.
Diversity & inclusion, trans-specific care

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 ?
Yes, any other member of clinical or administrative teams.