More referrals mean more options. GLITSE provides information and resources to thousands of individuals looking for gay and lesbian resources. We provide referrals to practitioners all across the world. These services are provided through our telephone resource line, response to e-mail and "snail" mail inquiries. As a member, you will benefit from these referrals. A larger volume of referrals will give you more flexibility to choose the clients you want to see. Your decisions can be based on a variety of factors including whether or not you want to deal with managed care, whether or not you decide to accept the insurance the client has, whether the client can afford your fee in cash, etc. More referrals ALWAYS mean more options for you. More referrals also equals greater job security.
WORK WITH A FAMILY OF THERAPISTS:
We are a group of professionals dedicated. As members of GLITSE therapists no longer have to feel isolated or like they are working in a vacuum. In many ways we hope to be an extended family which not only provides income-generating security, but also a natural group atmosphere where therapists can share ideas, meet new therapists, develop supervision /consultation groups, and make strides to care for those in the gay and lesbian community.
USE THE POWER OF THE GROUP:
The power of being part of a large organization allows members to use the group to approach companies and provide group services. This process provides our members with more networking options.
THERAPISTS ARE TRAINED IN THERAPY, NOT BUSINESS:
Therapists were not trained in the business of building their practice. They, for the most part, would rather pay someone else to generate their referrals so that they can focus on providing therapy. GLITSE helps therapists control the business end of their practice. Referrals are the bread and butter of any private practice. Without referrals, a private practice will die. Yet, most therapists do not have the time necessary to generate additional referrals.
AVOID HAVING TO "SELL YOURSELF":
The network can significantly reduce membersí worry about advertising, marketing and other contractual arrangements. Let us help you promote your practice! Most therapists want to avoid networking, giving speeches at the local high schools and colleges, etc. to try to generate referrals. What better way to meet and network with your colleagues, community and the world than through joining GLITSE.
Many people seeking professional resources enlist our assistance via our website. We maintain this website and update it frequently. We respond to e-mail generated by this site. In addition, we promote our site heavily and link with other valuable resources on the Internet. We also use the site to announce projects, seminars and books that our member therapists may wish to promote. Our site is full of great information and growing all the time!
INFORMATION AND ADVOCACY:
We work hard to inform the public of LGBT issues. Further, we provide to the public information on treatment options for health care professionals that offer special sensitivity and experience with the LGBT community. The Lesbian Gay International Therapist Search Engine also works with the media (radio, television, newspapers, magazines) to promote the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends. We also monitor unhealthy media campaigns and work with others to press for change that embraces everyone and celebrates diversity. It feels good to be part of something which is helping others in so many ways.
BE ON THE CUTTING EDGE:
GLITSE is on the forefront of new mental health delivery systems. We are constantly exploring and developing new opportunities for the future.