In addition to providing counseling, we also provide consultation for other therapist. It is our goal to not only provide LGBT affirming counseling, but also to empower local counselors and agencies to do the same. Our Clinical Director, Cory Gerwe, has taught counseling and human service courses in evidence-based therapy and LGBT issues at ODU, along with providing consultation to local mental health agencies and individual counselors. If you are interested, please call The Center at 757-640-0929 for more information.
We currently accept credit card, cash, Medicaid, Ryan White funding, and private health care insurance.
Cory Gerwe, PhD, LPC, Director of Mental Health Services
Are you a part of the LGBTQ+ community and want LGBTQ+ affirming therapy? Do you want to create a roadmap to your success and well-being in life? We will work together in a safe and supportive environment to explore any area you are concerned with and to expand your inner wisdom. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I will work with you in an empathic and nonjudgmental manner that respects diversity and understands experiences of discrimination. Within an LGBTQ+ affirming framework, I can help people with coming out, gender transitioning (gender exploration, referrals for hormones and surgeries, gender marker change, etc.), relationship issues (including family or social rejection), intimate partner violence, discrimination, anxiety, depression, parenting, life transitions, anxiety, personality disorders, and an array of other issues.
Dr. Sonya L. Lee, Ed. D,LPC, LSATP, HS-BCP, ICCS, CCS, ICAADC, CAADC, CSAC, QMHP-A
Dr. Sonya L. Lee is the Director of Behavioral Services for the Detox Unit at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Virginia. After serving in the United States Navy for 27 years Dr. Lee retired in 2016 to pursue other endeavors. Dr. Lee ventured into private practice providing outpatient substance use disorder treatment and consulting. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working within the community and traveling.
Dr. Lee strives to educate others to understand that drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. She believes that drug addiction is treatable and can be successfully managed. For that reason education and outreach are keys in helping people understand the possible risks of drug use and that family members, the community and health care providers have crucial roles in educating individuals in an effort to prevent drug use and addiction.
LGBT Life Center is happy to host interns and practicum students on a regular basis. Please note that internship/ practicum placement is based on availability and quality of fit for this site. Filling out an application does not guarantee an internship/ practicum at LGBT Life Center. An interview will be required for all students prior to being accepted.