m. addyson tucker, Psy.D - The Affirmative Couch

m. addyson tucker, Psy.D

m. addyson tucker

Pronouns: they/them

Identities: queer enby femme, neurodiverse/ADHD, white, small fat, able-bodied

Language(s) Spoken: English

Phone: 734-635-0424

Websites: wholeheartedpsych.com 

Email: addyson@wholeheartedpsych.com

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Courses: 

Gender Minority Stress and Resilience in Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Clients (1.5 CEs)

Helping Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Young Adults Develop Self-Compassion (1.5 CEs)


Get to know me:

I am wholeheartedly committed to fat/body, gender/trans, and Black/racial liberation. Though I am frequently not accepting new clients, I am often able to fit in trans folx in MA or RI seeking a gender affirming surgery assessment/referral.

What does affirmative psychotherapy mean to me?

I work to create an environment that feels welcoming and validating for all of the intersections of identity, body, mind, life experiences, culture, and history. My goal is to help nurture the pain of oppression and marginalization, while creating opportunities of reclaiming power and justice. 

I believe we have the capacity to hold pain and suffering while also moving forward through challenges with courage, vulnerability, and self-compassion. I aim to help clients to be more present and connected to themselves, aiming for radical self-love (see The Body is Not an Apology, 2nd Ed, Taylor, 2021).

What populations do I work with? What is my level of expertise (friendly, knowledgeable, expert) for each of those populations?

My specialty and passion is supporting trans, gender nonbinary, and queer adults. I am polyamorous-, kink-, sex worker-, and intersex-positive as well. I’ve had years of experience serving young adults and college students, primarily in the university setting. 

What is my approach to healing?

Clients might describe me as actively engaged, affirming, authentic, humorous, passionate, and not afraid to ask tough questions. My approach is collaborative and integrative with elements of relational cultural theory, narrative practice, interpersonal process, feminism & social justice, anti-racism, and body liberation frameworks. 

When we work together, I see it as a collaborative process of building a relationship that is mindful of power dynamics, having tough conversations in a respectful and compassionate space, and allowing plenty of flexibility for you to set boundaries and express your needs in treatment. 

What issues am I most skilled at addressing as a mental health professional?

Gender affirmation and exploration; Supporting access to gender affirming medical care; Validating and healing from various forms of oppression; Anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms; Increasing vulnerability and shame resilience through mindful self-compassion; and Understanding the impact of past and current interpersonal relationships as they relate to current struggles.

EDUCATION & LICENSES

Education:

  • M.Ed. in Counseling & Human Services
  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Years in Practice:

Post-Masters clinical work since 2008; As a psychologist, since 2013

School:

  • Lehigh University, Masters
  • Marywood University, Doctorate

Year Graduated: M.Ed. (2008) and Psy.D. (2013)

License # and State:RI (PS01864) and MA (10739)

Additional Credentials: N/A

Training Experience: 

I also regularly seek and provide advanced training related to trans affirming care and gender liberation, in addition to expanding my anti-racist work, decolonization of therapy, and moving toward social liberation. I’ve received extensive training and consultation in TGNB mental health care, including through WPATH, Fenway Health, and at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference.

OFFICE INFORMATION

Accessibility:

Currently, telehealth treatment only through the duration of the pandemic. Access to a computer and wifi connection. Please contact to inquire about other accommodations.

Gender Neutral Restrooms: N/A

FINANCES

Fee Range:$180-220 (economic justice consensual sliding scale available)*

*I do not want finances to be a barrier for engaging in treatment with me and therefore reserve limited spots for pro bono and ‘pay what you can’ rates. For those seeking trans surgery assessment referrals (without counseling), these sliding rates are always available, as low as $0 to provide access within a historically oppressive system. 

Accepted Payment Methods: Insurance, Cash, Credit, Debit, FSA, Check

Accepted Insurance Plans:BCBSMA, BCBSRI, Tufts Health Plan (Commercial), and Cigna. Can provide a superbill for out of network reimbursement.