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.
Lex has lived in several different states, but calls Montana home. They moved to Oceanside in 2020 after graduating with a master’s degree in music composition. Lex is currently pursuing an MSW at University of Southern California. They specialize in LGBTQIA+ issues, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness.
Lex always wanted to work with people who have survived trauma, especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community. They believe that everybody has the power within to heal, and they enjoy helping people discover their inner strength. Lex brings a creative flair to the field of social work and is excited to walk with people on their personal journeys of healing.
Stephen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but considers Southern California his home. He currently lives in San Diego, where he is studying Couple and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. He holds previous degrees in architecture and cultural studies, as well as having spent a year in USC’s MSW program. Both at USC and Alliant, Stephen focused research on the specific needs of LGBTQIA+ populations, particularly adolescents and young adults confronting the destructive effects of minority stress. Additionally, Stephen 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 identity and social location within this spectrum.
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.