Royal Oak Therapist Offers Support for Transgender People

Meet Nick Zielke, a limited licensed clinical social worker and gender specialist. He completed his undergraduate studies at Oakland University and his graduate studies at Michigan State University. He is a member of Phi Alpha Honors Society and National Association of Social Workers. He specializes in working with individuals and their loved ones who seek support in navigating the challenges presented by gender, transgender, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and asexual identity.

Zielke - who was born intersex and has transitioned - also works with clients dealing with bullying and oppression, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Using a combination of strengths-based perspective and mindfulness-based approach during cognitive behavior therapy, Zielke has helped many individuals and families heal, overcome life's challenges and lead happier lives. Zielke is in the process of becoming a certified transgender therapist through the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. WPATH is the standard of care for transgender medical and mental healthcare.

Each support group offers a safe and accepting space for members to share their experiences, have their questions answered, be encouraged, build a strong support system, gain knowledge about gender transitioning, feel completely accepted without judgment, build friendships, and meet like-minded people.

April 8, May 6, June 3, July 8, Aug. 5, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2

Youth Transgender Support Group

Ages 13-17

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rate: $20

FTM (Female-to-Male) Transgender Support Group

Ages 18 and over

12:30-2 p.m.

Rate: $20

MTF (Male-to-Female) Transgender Support Group

Ages 18 and over

2-3:30 p.m.

Rate: $20

Space is limited to 25 people per group. Please email to reserve at spot at The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health is located at 25600 Woodward Ave., Suite 215, in Royal Oak. For more information, call 248-399-7447 or visit

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