AYDIN OLSON-KENNEDY, LCSW
Aydin joined the Los Angeles Gender Center in 2015 as an intern, and in 2016, accepted the position of volunteer Executive Director. He saw this as an opportunity to continue his mission of creating accessible, affirming, long-term mental health care for the transgender and non-binary communities. In January 2019, under the leadership of Aydin, LAGC moved into its new home in Studio City and launched the Associate Training Program. Therapy services in that program are provided based on income, and no one is turned away for inability to pay. It was essential to Aydin that the therapists working in the Associate Training Program are themselves, members of the trans and non-binary community. Thus, centering the voices of the trans and non-binary communities to help guide and shape the future of the Los Angeles Gender Center.
Aydin also maintains a full-time private practice in Pasadena and Studio City.
To learn more about therapy services provided in our Associate Training Program, click here.
DR. THEODORE BURNES
Director of Training and Education
LAGC uses a feminist-developmental model that meets trainees where they are in their own development. Specifically, supervision is conducted using a theoretical framework that emphasizes therapist-as-self, multicultural humility, gender equality and gender revolution, political advocacy, and community wellness and outreach. Training is designed to help associates learn about working in a group practice so that they will eventually learn the skills to develop a sliding-scale private practice to serve various gender diverse communities.
SUSAN P. LANDON, LMFT
Director of Child, Adolescent, and Family Services
Susan P. Landon has worked with children, adolescents, and their families for over 35 years. In 2009 she joined the Los Angeles Gender Center as the volunteer Director of the Child, Adolescent, and Family Servies Program. Under her leadership, the program has served hundreds of families with gender non-conforming and transgender children, providing information, support, training, and advocacy. Susan quickly became recognized as a national expert on working with gender non-conforming and transgender children and has trained hundreds of child and adolescent therapists across the country. Susan currently offers a consultation group for therapists who are interested in working with gender non-conforming and transgender children, adolescents, and their families.
For more information about her consultation group, please contact Susan.