Supporting other helping professionals.

Founder and clinical director Kate MacShane, LCSW-C, holds a masters degree in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from American University. She enjoys using her skills as an educator to support other helping professionals to increase their capacity to work affirmatively with LGBTQIA2+ people.

Clinical Consultation

Kate welcomes opportunities to consult with therapists and other helping professionals on individual cases involving clinical challenges related to her areas of expertise, including: gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, and consensual non-monogamy (e.g., polyamory, open relationships). Contact Kate to schedule a consultation.


Kate is a registered supervisor with the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. Independently-licensed and graduate-level mental health professionals may contact Kate to explore clinical supervision options.


Kate is an adjunct professor in Hood College’s Graduate Program in Psychology & Counseling. She teaches a 1-credit weekend course titled Affirming Therapy with LGBTQIA+ Clients.


Kate has provided trainings on LGBTQIA2+-affirming care for mental health agencies and community organizations such as Brook Lane, Advanced Behavioral Health, Excel Youth, Georgetown Psychology Associates, and the Montgomery County Public Schools Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA).

Kate creates dynamic presentations customized to the particular needs of each audience. Her presentation style is warm and professional, encouraging clinicians to challenge their growth edges in an engaging and supportive training environment.

Selected recent and upcoming trainings and presentations:

  • Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender-Nonconforming Adolescents, Montgomery County Public Schools Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA), September 2019

  • Affirming Therapy with LGBTQIA+ Clients, Hood College Graduate Program in Counseling, September 2019

  • Affirming Therapy for LGBTQIA+ Clients, Mid-Atlantic Center for Continuing Education, October 2019

  • Keynote speaker, Franklin County (PA) Medical Society, October 2019

  • Supporting & Affirming Gender-Diverse Clients, Brook Lane, November 2019

Kate’s consultation was invaluable in teaching me about working with transgender clients. During a short period of time, she described a framework of thinking about gender identity and gave practical advice about specific therapeutic interventions. Kate provided exactly the sort of guidance I needed, delivered in a very supportive way that built up both my confidence and my skill level. I am grateful for her expertise and kindness.
— Elizabeth Malcolm, Psy.D.