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.
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
Shawn was born and raised in the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan. He moved to San Diego, CA in 2015. He earned an undergrad degree in sociology and cultural anthropology. Shawn attended National University for a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. He did his internship in Hillcrest working with people who identify LGBTQI+. Shawn specializes in gender and sexuality and has training in working with offenders and survivors of domestic violence.
Shawn has been involved in presenting training on gender identity including obstacles people may face in regard to gender identity, social and medical transition, pronoun usage, as well as defining masculine and feminine for college students, youth, and families. For a year during his practicum, Shawn facilitated a transgender and non-binary coming-out group for people of all ages.
Conducting his work with an eclectic approach, Shawn believes that clients are the masters of their own life and by exploring a person, a couple, or a family’s core belief(s), changing their narrative scripts, and practicing new behaviors, change is possible.
Gina was raised in Las Vegas, NV, where she lived until she was 18 and moved to New York, NY to pursue her undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology at NYU. She is currently at Alliant International University to get her master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy.
Gina always knew working with and for the LGBTQIA+ community was integral to a functioning and peaceful world. She established the first GSA at her high school and participated and found a home through the Keshet branch at college.
As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Gina is very excited to work with and help others reach their goals on their journeys of healing and growth.
Sheena was born and raised in New York City and moved to California in July, 2020. Sheena has a decade of mental health experience specializing in LGBTQ-affirming therapies and has worked in crisis intervention, teaching DBT skills, and as a relationship coach. She prefers to work with you in a dialogical process that allows you to be the expert of your experience which will facilitate growth in and out of the session. She draws from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and the Liberation Health model and subscribes to the philosophy: it's not just in your head. It's far less interesting to learn how to adapt to oppressive forces than it is to discover your power to change them.
Sheena lives with her wife and her dog in North County and while she misses the city really loves the beaches and bicycle trails that the area has to offer. When she's not at the center or in class, Sheena loves to cook vegan food, read, and engage in community organizing.
She got her B.A. from SUNY Purchase focusing on Gender Studies and is at present an MSW Candidate at Columbia University.