Sexual and Gender Minority Mental Health Program Faculty

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Daran Shipman

Get to Know Daran

Daran is a private practice clinician in Syracuse, NY, where he specializes in working with transgender and gender diverse clients. He also teaches and supervises marriage and family therapy students at Syracuse University and delivers workshops nationally and locally on the topics of LGBQ and transgender/gender diverse youth, adults, and their families.

Daran’s scholarship focuses on healthy development of transgender/gender diverse youth and affirmative care for the LGBTQ community and their families, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. His recent article on the experiences of transgender therapists working with their clients was published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

Outside of the office, Daran is happiest at home doing yardwork, cleaning and organizing, and spending time with his cat (Roxie), and a little dog named Olive. Daran also loves adventure, traveling with his partner, being in nature, hiking the Adirondack mountains, CrossFit, and biking.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Julie Tilsen

Get to Know Julie

Julie provides supervision, training, and consultation to a variety of agencies, therapists, and youth workers focused on socially just, anti-oppressive, and harm-reduction practices. In addition to numerous professional journal articles and book chapters, Julie is the author of Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth: Transcending Homonormativity and Constructing Preferred Identities (2013, Rowman & Littlefield), and Narrative Approaches to Youth Work: Conversational Skills for a Critical Practice (2018, Routledge).

Julie is community faculty in the Youth Studies Program of the University of Minnesota, an associate of the Taos Institute, and recipient of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Service Award. Her work is featured in several counselor training videos produced by Alexander Street Press and Sage/UPG Media.

Julie is a hard-core fan of the University of Minnesota Gophers Women’s Hockey team and likes drinking cold press. She has a greyhound named Feet and two cats, Presto and Juno. The sorting hat has decidedly placed Julie in the House of Ravenclaw.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Monique D. Walker

Get to Know Monique

Dr. Monique D. Walker, LMFT is a psychotherapist in Washington, DC who specializes in and has a deep passion for working with queer and transgender youth and their families, as well as queer and transgender adults throughout the lifespan. Previously, Monique served as clinical director and psychotherapist at two agencies in Philadelphia that largely serve LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families. Her research interests include parental acceptance/rejection of queerness and gender nonconformity, coupling and family relationships in queer communities, and intersectionality and identity development. Monique has published several journal articles and book chapters, and has presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally. In her free time Monique enjoys spending time with her little one, family, and friends, especially at the beach, or doing anything that allows her to be outside in warm weather and take in the many sights and cultural events in the Washington DC area.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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