Gender & Sexual Diversity Initiative

Carolina Partners is happy to provide affirming, affordable health care resources for LGBTQQIA+ members of our community through the Gender and Sexuality Diversity Initiative (GSDI). It is our absolute priority to provide specialized care for a range of communities, especially those that have been traditionally marginalized. The GSD Initiative will provide comprehensive health and wellness services for the LGBTQQIA+ communities throughout North Carolina.

We are queer and genderqueer savvy and understand that there are as many genders as there are people. And as such, each person who is exploring their needs with respect to their gender will be supported however they identify.

If you are seeking referrals or assessments for hormones, we have trained clinicians who want to be a resource to you. Some hormone providers operate on the informed consent model which does not require documented assessment from a mental health professional. Some hormone providers do require documentation. Our GSDI Resource List can tell you which hormone providers use the informed consent model. Our clinicians can also refer for other trans-affirming medical care and provide assessments for surgery.

We are warm and welcoming providers who want to reduce any barriers you may have with exploring your options.

The Initiative provides:

  • An in-house referral network

  • Maintaining best practices and the Standards of Care

  • Providing Inclusive Gender and Sexuality Education for professionals

  • Affirming care and resources

These goals are accomplished through in-house provider trainings on Gender and Sexuality, clinician and administrative staff attendance at conferences and workshops to continually enhance our services, and an ongoing visibility campaign to raise awareness about our services for queer, trans, and intersex communities in North Carolina.

Our Services:

GSDI Services:

  • Education and Trainings for professionals working with the LGBTQQIA+ community
  • Assessment and referrals for transgender individuals seeking medical treatment
  • PTSD & Trauma Treatment
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Life changes and general wellness goals
  • Somatic Experiencing for trauma treatment
  • Assessment for Mental Health and Addictions
  • Family and couples sessions to address transitions and coming out
  • LGBTQQIA+ affirming therapy

– Evening hours offered to accommodate your schedule

– Flexible payment plans

– We file your insurance for you if you want to attend more frequent weekly psychotherapy sessions for a range of issues related to personal growth.

Our GSDI Providers

  • All GSDI clinicians attend service trainings and ongoing peer supervision.
  • Provider membership of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
  • GSDI clinicians meet the WPATH Standards of Care competency requirements for mental health providers.
  • Regular attendance of in-service trainings and national transgender health conferences for professional development
Louise Newton, LCSW | Durham Therapist

J. Louise Newton, MSW, LCSW, SEP
GSDI Outpatient Psychotherapist

(919) 354-0830 ext 522
Louis Sawyer, PhD | Durham Psychologist

Louis Sawyer, PhD
GSDI Outpatient Psychologist

Emmy Johnson | Pro-bono trans counseling

Emmy Johnson
GSDI Program Coordinator

(919) 354-0830 ext 529
Jan Tate, MSW, LCSWA, MEd | Durham Therapist

Jan Tate, MSW, LCSWA, MEd
GSDI Outpatient Psychotherapist

(919) 354-0830 ext 525

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