Experience

About Megan

Megan Smith-Sallans, MS, LIMHP, LIPC is a psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in gender, sexuality and people in diverse relationships. Megan also provides therapeutic services to gender creative children (ages 3 and up), adolescents, adults, families and couples. In her practice, she approaches her clients with compassion, support, openness and curiosity. She has a respect for all forms of diversity and the creative potential within all of us. Megan uses a relational approach in her work and believes that a genuine therapeutic relationship can facilitate the process of healing and self-discovery.

Nationally, Megan is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Heath (WPATH), the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).

Locally, she is the co-founder of the Professional Transgender Resource Network, and a member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Multidisciplinary team, Children’s Hospital’s Differences in Sex Development Multidisciplinary team, and NECTR (Nebraska Collaborative for Transgender Research). In partnership with Dr. Jean Amoura at the University Nebraska Medical Center, Megan co-facilitates the Parents and Caregivers of Gender Expansive Youth Support Group.

She previously served as the Vice-President for Ally Mentoring (LGBTQ youth), and committee member for Gender Reel (transgender film festival), and the Nebraska LGBTQ+ Emerging Youth Leadership Summit.

Work Experience:

Private Practice 2004-Present, Psychotherapist

Co-Facilitator with Dr. Jean Amoura, Parents and Caregivers of Gender Expansive Youth Support Group, University Nebraska Medical Center

Creighton University, Adjunct Faculty/ Practicum Liaison for Graduate Counseling Department

Salvation Army’s Wellspring Program (A program for individuals involved in sex trade and those who solicit sex), Case-Manager, Therapist, Group Therapist

Wellspring, Project Coordinator for Transgender HIV Prevention Program

Addiction and Behavioral Health Services, Therapist

Owen’s and Associates, Family Preservation Worker

Family Service Enhanced Advocacy (Crisis Intervention for victims of domestic violence), Lead Advocate

Eastern Nebraska Human Service Agency- Region VI, Case Manager

Family Service Domestic Abuse Program, Case Worker

Bancroft Elementary School, Paraprofessional (Special Education)

Wellspring, Mentor

Lutheran Family Services RTA/RSAFE Program (program for sexual offenders), Therapeutic Services and Group Therapy

Parent’s United Support Groups (group consists of sexual abuse survivors, sex offenders, and non-offending parents), Group Facilitator

The Nebraska Humane Society, Outreach and Education

Publication and Interviews:

Brennan, S., Irwin, J., Drincic, A., Amoura, J., Randal, A.l, Smith-Sallans, M. (2016) Relationship Between Gender-Related Stress and Resilience Factors and Mental Health in a Midwestern U.S. Transgender and Gender-nonconforming Population

Assisted Dr. Rochelle Dalla, at University of Nebraska at Omaha, in research article: Exposing the Pretty Woman Myth: A Qualitative Investigation of Street-Level Prostituted Women

Dalla, R.L. & Smith, M. (1998, Nov.). Prostitutes and their children: Exploration and analysis of a unique population. Poster presented at Nebraska’s Youth at Risk Conference, Nov. 788, Lincoln, NE.

Identity Crisis: Good Magazine

News Interview: One Man's Story of Being Transgender in Nebraska on KOLN-TV, Lincoln, NE: 12/13/11.

PFLAG: An Update on the Standards of Care and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

News Interview: Families Supporting Gender Expansive Youth:

Professional Affiliations:

Professional Transgender Resource Network

University of Nebraska Medical Center: Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Multidisciplinary Team

Children's Hospital: Differences of Sex Development Multidisciplinary Team

WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health)

American Psychological Association Division 39 (Psychoanalysis)

American Psychological Association Division 44 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender)

Association of Play Therapists

Trauma Informed Nebraska

Association of Private Practice Therapists

International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy

Arizona Psychoanalytic Society

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

American Psychological Association

Film Appearances:

Featured in the Documentary “Hidden in Plain Sight: Prostitution in Nebraska”

Featured in Planned Parenthood’s National Healthcare Training Modules on “Working with LGBTQ Patients”

Community Involvement (Local and National)

Ally Mentoring (LGBTQ Youth): Vice President

Nebraska Collaborative for Transgender Research: Member and Researcher

Gender Reel Film Festival: Committee Member

Nebraska Youth Emerging LGBTQ Leadership Summit for Nebraska Youth: Committee Member

American Psychological Association’s Multicultural Abstract Review: Committee Member/Reviewer

World Professional Association for Transgender Health: Scientific Review Committee

Transgender Day of Visibility: Moderator

Domestic Violence Council LGBTQ Summit: Planning Committee

Queering Psychotherapy: Member, Conference Organizer and Presenter

Nebraska HIV Care Prevention Consortium: Committee Member-2003-2007

Dignity Cooperative (Task Force to address sex trade in Nebraska): Co-founder and Committee Member-2001-2008

T Time (transgender youth group):  Creator and Facilitator-2005-2009

Helpher (A Giving Circle): Member

Grants:

Grant from Nebraska Heath and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control (HIV Prevention for Transgender Individuals)

Grant for outreach program to strip clubs and escort services

Grant for Ally Mentoring (LGBTQ Youth Mentoring Program)