Season 2, Episode 1: You're Allowed to Fire Your Therapist
We take a bite of queer-affirming therapy with Coltan Schoenike (they/them), MS, MFT-IT, a training marriage and family therapist based in Menominee, Wisconsin. We talk about pro-tips for queer and trans folks seeking affirming therapists, the continued gatekeeping of trans folks seeking biomedical transitions, and what to do when you just don't vibe with your therapist and how amazing it is when you do.
If you or someone you know needs help through a crisis or navigating their questions about being trans, contact the Trans Lifeline Hotline at US (877) 565-88760 or CA (877) 330-6366.
Mentioned in this episode
An interactive map tracking anti-trans legislation across the country, including bills introduced in the Midwest we should be paying attention to right now
A board-based search tool for finding a therapist: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
For seeking a therapist that is mindful of affirming marginalized clients, check out https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/
For support navigating questions about your gender identity or during a crisis as a trans person, check out https://translifeline.org/about/
About the podcast
Take the Last Bite is a podcast by the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. It's a direct counter to the Midwest Nice mentality— highlighting advocacy and activism by queer/trans communities in the Midwest region. Through each episode, we're aiming to unearth the often disregarded and unacknowledged contributions of queer and trans folks to social change through interviews, casual conversations and reflections on Midwest queer time, space, and place.