Bio

Hi!   My name is Elijah Nealy. I bring over 25 years experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have worked in a variety of addiction and mental health settings with adolescents and adults, both residential and outpatient. For 12 years I worked at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center in New York City. Initially I served as the program director for alcohol and drug counseling, then the overall director of mental health services for adolescents and adults, and finally as the Deputy Executive Director of the Center.

I’m an out transgender man, in recovery many years, and a parent. I am also affiliated with Metropolitan Community Church (www.mccchurch.org), a denomination that works primarily in the LGBTQ communities and have served as both a pastor and a regional director.

Currently, I am an assistant professor in the social work department at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, having previously taught at Columbia University School of Social Work and Union Theological Seminary. I teach courses in clinical practice in health & mental health care, spirituality and social work practice, and LGBT concerns.

I have extensive clinical experience in work within LGBTQ communities. Over the past 8 years, my work has focused on gender-diverse and transgender children, youth, and their families.

I provide training and consultation around work with LGBTQ persons in health and mental health care settings, faith communities, social service agencies, child welfare settings. I am also available for presentations at conferences and  preaching. I look forward to hearing from you and hope I can be of service.