Sorin Thomas LPC, LAC (xe, xyr, xem) Clinical Director, Therapist
Brett Adamek MA, CPT (he, his, him) Director, Therapist
Grace Ballard, MA, LPCC (she, hers, her) Therapist
Grace is a queer therapist and a graduate of the Buddhist-based counseling program at Naropa University. She uses a variety of awareness practices to support participants on their unique paths of recovery. Grace also values multicultural diversity, understands the psychological effects of oppression, and believes that acknowledging these experiences within a supportive environment can have a profound impact.
Yen Nguyen, MEd, LPCC (she, hers, her) Therapist
Yen has a masters of counseling psychology from the University of Louisville and is originally from Dallas, TX. (She can tell you all about growing up queer & Asian in the South) Yen has been working within the queer community throughout most of her career as a grassroots organizer, program developer and researcher with TSTAR – www.tstarlab.com. She is also an Army Reserve Veteran and a peer mentor with Active Heroes. Yen enjoys playing rugby in her free time, snuggling with her dogs and hiking in the mountains.
Tracey A. Lamers, MA, LPCC (she, hers, her), Therapist
Tracey has a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She offers a mindfulness-based holistic approach to therapy and focuses on the well-being of the client’s health in body, mind, soul and spirit. Tracey works with adults, individuals and couples. She specializes in grief and loss, anxiety, depression and distress client’s experience adapting to an unjust society. She is present, grounded and insightful and can assist clients in rediscovering their innate goodness.
Nora Ahmed-Kamal, MA (she, her, hers), Therapist
Nora is a queer cis-woman of color with European-African roots. As a somatic counselor, Nora guides and empowers clients in the discovery and celebration of their authentic selves. Through Body Psychotherapy, clients are able to gain bodily awareness and skills on how they can move more fluidly in expressing and embodying their own unapologetic truth that is too often silenced by society. Nora is committed to integrating strength-based and trauma-informed perspectives into her practice. In the therapy room, she creates a supportive and warm environment as she passionately works with children, teenagers, parents, and adults. As a multilingual psychotherapist, Nora provides counseling in English, Spanish, French and Danish.
Tara Smelt, PhD (she, hers, her) Director, Therapist
Dr. Tara is an unlicensed registered psychotherapist that concentrates on sexual and gender identity and the complex intersections of race. Tara works from a range of modalities including CBT and existential. Using these approaches in her sessions, tara emphasizes on a collaborative approach with her clients to help them restore their confidence, sense of control and meaning in their lives.
Outside of Dr. Tara’s professional self she is very interested in researching and studying the lived experiences of the queer community in an effort to provide up to date and relevant information around our community, as it so often has little to no voice within scholarly research. She continues to interview and write around her dissertation topic that spoke to the phenomenological narrative of individuals who had intersecting minority identities specifically related to race and sexual identities. She has and will continue to collaborate with other researchers and practitioners to inform the void to create the knowledge base that is so very needed.
Somatic Psychotherapy is an empirically supported, strength-based approach that engages body, mind, and spirit to create a more holistic experience of the healing process. This approach uses sensation, movement, and creative expression to access internal resources and further emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual, and social integration.
Wilderness & Canine/Equine Therapy
Wilderness and Canine/Equine Therapy are experiential and collaborative approaches that incorporate co-therapist(s) such as a dog, tree, or horse to explore and deepen relationships with self and other, human and the rest of nature. The co-therapist affords opportunities for reparative experiences of physical contact, like being held, that other approaches cannot.
Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based and client-centered approach that supports movement away from ambivalence towards positive change by exploring the underlying dynamics of behaviors that present as resistant to change. The focus is to support self-efficacy, strengthen autonomy, and develop the client’s intrinsic motivation for change.
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A Guide to Pronouns
Even though singular pronouns are typically thought of as consisting solely of "he and she," many people do not fit inside this narrow construct of gender. Many of us fall outside of "he and she" and need to use pronouns that are reflective of our identities. There are many non-binary pronouns; here are few that are used at Queer Asterisk.