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The Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic @ SLU

Clinic Students

The clinic sessions will be facilitated by faculty and graduate-level therapy students. Pictured, from left, are graduate students Erika McClellan and Dasha Carver, along with Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D., LMFT, assistant professor of medical family therapy. Photo by Maggie Rotermund.

Our Mission

The Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic @ SLU seeks to be a safe haven and advocate with the LGBTQIA+ community of Missouri. We strive to promote flourishing for LGBTQIA+ people that builds a life and world worth living in.

Objectives

The Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic @ SLU provides financially accessible, culturally-attuned therapeutic care and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community and their families of Missouri.

  • Provide sex positive, LGBTQIA+ affirming mental health services.
  • Work with families and partners of LGBTQIA+ people for increasing acceptance, connection, and support.
  • Reach LGBTQIA+ people throughout Missouri with telehealth services.
  • Advocate for LGBTQIA+ people through changes in policy, research, social structures, and resource building

What We Offer

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Couple Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Telehealth/Teletherapy
  • Letters of support for social and medical transitions (one session only)

Why Do We Call Ourselves the Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic?

Queer is a term used to be expansive and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, intersex, asexual, questioning, transgender, nonbinary, and two-spirit people. The label ‘queer’ has a complicated history and folks have varied reactions to its use (see this article for some discussion), however, it also is a term of resistance from being labeled or boxed into stereotypes.

Humans develop throughout their lifespan, thus, we use queer to allow for inclusivity and expansive possibilities. In the same way, trans refers the beautiful galaxy of possibilities of gender identity and expression. Thus, queer and trans are fitting identity language that parallels the mission and objectives of this clinic

How Was The Clinic Started?

This clinic was started by a group of passionate couple and family therapy graduate students in the medical family therapy program and Dr. Katie Heiden-Rootes, LMFT, associate professor and clinical supervisor. As couple and family therapists, we saw the social worlds of LGBTQIA+ people as central to their health. This clinic was built to offer engagement opportunities with families, partners, friends, community partners and resources.

Who Provides These Services?

Services are provided by graduate mental health students in couple and family therapy, clinical psychology, and social work who are under the clinical supervision of Dr. Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D., LMFT.

How Much Do Your Services Cost?

We bill based on a sliding scale.

Where Do We Meet?

Center for Counseling and Family Therapy
Saint Louis University
3700 Lindell Blvd.
Morrissey Hall, Suite 1100
St. Louis, MO 63108

Contact Us

Email: katie.heidenrootes@health.slu.edu

Phone: Call 314-977-2505 and ask for the Queer and Trans Wellness Clinic.