MENTAL HEALTH INTAKE REFERRAL

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center provides clinical service intakes and referrals at low or no cost.  Therapy intake sessions are provided by several associates and licensed therapists. Our associates are pre and post graduate directly supervised by Dr. Nicole Kent. We provide consultations every day, Monday to Friday, by appointment only. Your session fee is based on a sliding scale approach.  Sliding scale is anything between $25 to $65 per session. 

 

To be referred to a specialist to receive psychotherapy services from North County LGBTQ Resource Center, please complete the confidential form linked below.

Prospective Client Intake Form For Psychotherapy Services

Please be assured that the information you provide will only be used to help identify appropriate therapy services for you, and will be kept strictly confidential.

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I am seeking:
Have you been in therapy previously?
Do you have insurance?

At this time, our LGBTQ Center does not take any insurance. If you have insurance, we can help you connect with a provider that can assist you.

Are you able to pay for your therapy sessions per our affordable sliding scale that ranges from $25 to $60 per session?

Our Resource Center offers services at low cost or no cost.  In order to keep this service sustainable, we rely on you and your best judgment regarding how much you will be able to pay for your therapy sessions.

Thank you for your interest in therapy services with North County LGBTQ Resource Center. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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Dr. Nicole Kent (she/hers) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice, specializing in trauma. She ran the Our Circle youth group for 20 years, providing social support for LGBTQIA+ youth, ages 14-18.  Nicole is providing clinical supervision for the Center’s therapy interns, who are providing much needed support for our community. Nicole lives in Oceanside with her wife, two children, and lots of pets.  

  MENTAL HEALTH INTERNS

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Although Stephen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he considers Southern California his home. Prior to his recent graduation from Alliant International University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, Stephen spent a year at USC’s School of Social Work. Both at Alliant and USC, Stephen focused research on the specific needs of LGBTQIA+ populations, particularly adolescents and young adults confronting the destructive effects of minority stress.  

 

In addition to providing counseling to the LGBTQIA+ community, Stephen also serves as a court appointed special advocate (CASA), assisting youth in foster care through advocacy and mentorship.  

 

While Stephen identifies as a cisgender gay man, he is passionate about working with all gender, sexual, romantic, and intersectional minority populations, as well as those currently questioning their own identities and social locations. Stephen provides services to individuals, families and couples, including those engaged in open, polyamorous, and other consensual non-monogamous relationship styles.

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Anthony was raised in Texas and moved to San Diego in 1986. Anthony received his master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy at Alliant International University, San Diego. Anthony’s passion is working with the LGBTQI community experiencing complex/relational trauma. He is level 1 trained in Trauma Affect Regulation Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) and is currently a student of Somatic Experiencing International (SE). In recent years, he has worked at a women and children’s residential program and outpatient program for co-occurring issues. 

 

After existing in a dark depression for many years, Anthony was ready to live as his authentic self. In 2004 Anthony began his journey of gender affirming transition. Before becoming a therapist, Anthony volunteered for many years at the LGBT Youth Center San Diego in 2005-2006 as a co-facilitator for a transgender youth support group.  While training for his LMFT, Anthony was one of the first call operator trainers helping to launch peer support crisis line Trans Lifeline.

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Jodi grew up on a small farm in Texas and received her degree in psychology from the
University of North Texas in 1998. Her experience as a small business owner, mindfulness instructor, and parent of two inspired her current beliefs and piqued her interest to begin graduate school in marriage and family therapy in 2018. Jodi currently lives in Carlsbad and enjoys spending time with her two teenagers, dog, and cat; she also enjoys cooking, gardening, and watching a good sitcom.

 

Jodi is passionate about working with LGBTQIA clients and offering affirming and inclusive therapy. Her perspective is strengths-based, and she believes in the importance of deconstructing beliefs based on larger systems of power and decentering cisheteronormativity to support clients in their authentic gender and sexual expression and in living meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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Sadie Hellstrom (she/her/hers) is a social work intern at the NC LGBTQ Center and is in her final year of her masters program at USC. Her focus is in children, youth and families with a specialization within the LGBTQIA+ community. Her therapeutic approach focuses on positive psychology and motivational interviewing. 

 

She is born and raised in San Diego, CA and a true lover of the ocean and endless sun. When she’s not working as a therapist she can be found playing hockey, drawing, attempting to make people laugh or hanging out with friends, family and three dogs. 

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Lleymi Martinez (they/them/theirs) is a second-year graduate student at Pepperdine University, striving for a California License in Clinical Psychology. They are completing their Master’s Practicum at the NC LGBTQ Resource Center and are excited to work with the community members who have done so much for Oceanside. Raised in North County Oceanside themselves, they are looking forward to serving our community and giving back. 

 

Lleymi has been involved for seven years in community outreach and involvement, primarily serving low-income and historically underrepresented individuals. They have served undocumented QT individuals, people with disabilities, first-generation students, and currently assists seniors and youth in meeting goals and being involved in their communities. Lleymi values community accountability and care. You can usually find Lleymi practicing self-care through eating, journaling, and dancing. Lleymi’s best friends are the lovely banana slugs found at the UC Santa Cruz campus where they got their BS in Neuroscience and BA in Intensive Psychology with Highest Honors. Above everything, Lleymi is a proud Oaxacan and loves their family very much who taught them the values of community and resiliency. 

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Ava Shakib (she/her) is a Master of Social Work Candidate at Columbia University. Her work as a community educator has focused on the intersections of social identity, media-literacy, substance use, sexual health, generational trauma, queer healthcare, mindful communication, and intimate partner violence prevention. 

 

Ava uses a collaborative approach in her therapeutic relationships and utilizes strengths-based, multicultural, and anti-oppressive frameworks to nurture individuals’ healing processes. When it’s time to chill out– you’ll find Ava cooking a wide range of curries, playing with her pet rats, and swimming under small San Diego waves.

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Kai Pelaez (they, them, theirs) is a second-year graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University, looking forward to becoming a California License in Clinical Psychology. Currently they are completing their Practicum/Internship hours at the NC LGBTQ Center. Kai is happy and excited to work with members of the LGBTQ+ community. Kai is a military spouse of a United States Marine, and is originally from Miami Florida, but moved to California in 2019. 

Kai has been working with North County residents since 2020, working with foster youth, and unsheltered populations. They have worked along side people of nationalities, genders, and ages. They are experienced in working with clients who are usually under represented, and needing a voice, and assistance within the community. Kai values community, and friendship. Typically, Kai loves to sit back and watch a movie, with their children, and trying out new foods within the community. Kai can also be found spending time with her animals, her cats, dogs, and fish.