Lior is a cis, queer, Registered Clinical Social Worker with rich experience working with LGBTQ2SAI+ individuals. Born and raised in Israel, he lived ten years in the U.S. before moving to Vancouver in 2017—a city he is proud to call home. He earned his MSW degree at NYU, where he completed his practicum at the Ali Forney Center, the largest provider dedicated to homeless LGBTQ2SAI+ youth in the U.S.; and at Queens Pride House, the diversity center of Queens, NYC. After graduation, he worked as a mental health provider and a team leader in person-centered programs in California. Seeking to learn more about theory and practice, Lior then pursued a doctorate of clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania.
Upon moving to Vancouver, Lior worked at Vancouver Coastal Health as a social worker and mental health counselor, caring for residents of downtown Vancouver who had a range of psychosocial needs, and as a counselor in the Trans Specialty Care clinic, supporting trans people in their gender journey. Nowadays, in addition to serving as the Clinical Supervisor for QMUNITY, he runs a private practice. Through the lens of intersectionality, Lior promotes anti-oppressive and trauma-informed practices and is a strong advocate of LGBTQ2SAI+ affirmative therapy—a therapeutic approach that embraces a positive view of LGBTQ2SAI+ identities and relationships, and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQ2SAI+ clients.
When he is not busy raising his one-year-old baby with his partner, you can find Lior cooking vegetarian food, having fun on the trail, growing his orchids, and caring for his lovely cat.