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Misty Ginicola (She/They), Ph.D., LPC, CYA-RYT-200


Misty M. Ginicola, Ph.D., LPC, is a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the Counseling and School Psychology department at Southern Connecticut State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Yale University in 2006, where she specialized in children’s mental health. Dr. Ginicola also works with Queer and Trans youth and adults in her private practice, Walk in Balance Counseling. Her personal and professional experiences intersect in counseling and advocating for marginalized populations, including BIPOC, neurodivergent, and queer and transgender folx, among others. Among her numerous publications on these issues, Dr. Ginicola’s 2017 book ‘Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People’ is a quintessential counseling resource for therapists. She also created an online blog publication and community called Raising Real on Medium. Dr. Ginicola is queer and genderfluid, works with families of trans youth in her practice, is connected with a wide network of parents of queer and trans youth across the globe, and is a parent of two trans children.