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Judith DiPerna, M.S.Ed.,is a clinical therapist serving the greater Pittsburgh community. She provides services regarding (but not limited to) the following life topics: Gender Issues, Transsexual Evaluations, Alternative Lifestyles, HIV/AIDS Issues, Individual Therapy and Couples Counseling. She is currently taking clients and would like to be your “bridge over troubled water.”
The following questions were asked of Ms. DiPerna:
What do you do for a living and please indicate the population you serve?I am a clinical therapist serving the LGBTQI community/sexual minorities.
How did you get involved with the LGBTQIA population?I know what it is like to be the mother of an LGBTQI child. My daughter is a lesbian. When she came out to me, I wanted to make sure she was ok and decided to seek education (achieved my Masters Degree Community Counseling) to help those going through a similar struggle. I was shocked to learn about the fear that my own daughter had in coming out to me specifically because we had been so close. It opened my eyes to he plight many folks may have in their own lives dealing with the same issue.
Who did you look up to as a child/young adult?Strong immigrant women such as my maternal Grandmother and my own Mother.
Where is your office located?I grew up in a small town called Brackenridge, PA. My office is located there (more information will be provided after a formal consultation).
What advice can you give to someone in need of immediate help (in danger of harm to self or others)?
Do not stay behind the comfort of a computer screen. It can be a tool to help seek assistance for your struggles. When feeling down or even suicidal, know that you are not alone. I will chat with you (Click Here For Contact Information).
Information for people with disabilities:
Although my home is not wheelchair accessible, I have a client who currently agrees to treatment. We made arrangements that work for this client, so do not be afraid to ask about options on this topic.