Gender Identity

Gender identity issues, sometimes called gender dysphoria or gender conflict, occur when an individual feels an inconsistency between their physical gender and the gender they truly feel or identify with. This most commonly exhibits itself as a physical discomfort with the gender one was assigned at birth, including the feeling of being in the wrong body. Children with gender dysphoria may express disgust of their own genitals or a certainty that they will grow up to be the opposite sex. Some individuals with gender identity issues treat this feeling by physically modifying their bodies to better match their gender identity. Gender dysphoria comes with it an increased risk for depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and bullying. If you are experiencing gender identity issues, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s qualified professionals today.

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Relabel this category as "Gender Dysphoria" instead as I believe that gender identity is inherently not a 'problem.' Gender binaries and societal expectations for gendered people is the problem. I offer gender affirming treatment through counseling, occasional group work, and offering referral evaluations for those seeking affirming medical care/surgery/hormones.

— addyson Psy.D., Psychologist in Providence, RI

I work with gender diverse clients using a gender-affirming approach. I provide a space where clients can explore their identities and learn to navigate gender-related challenges, for example, discussing what it might be like to share their identities with others or about what coming out means to them. Together we come up with strategies for helping clients feel more comfortable in their own skin while protecting their physical and emotional safety from transphobia.

— Susan Pollard, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Menlo Park, CA

The gender journey can be an exciting and daunting adventure, fraught with self-doubt and stigma. Working with a therapist through that journey can ease distress and support you in reaching a state of gender euphoria.

— Liz Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

I am a WPATH member and I have been working with transgender, gender diverse, and gender non-conforming individuals, along with family members and significant others since 2014. I offer support for individuals as they examine their personal identity, and I assist them in moving forward in life, however they determine that to be. I actively attend conferences and trainings to continue on-going education and expand my knowledge base.

— Amy Emery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , MA

Exploring your gender identity and expression can be a complex process. Forming excellent supportive relationships with family, friends, and partners is essential. I specialize in helping you have those hard conversations to better those relationships to get the support you need.

— Katherine Traxler-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX

The Artful Healing Center provides gender affirming therapy for transgender, gender creative, and non-binary youth, adults, family members and partners. We provide individual and family therapy. We operate from an informed consent framework and support clients in affirming their identity and expressing their authentic selves. Clinicians at The Artful Healing Center are trained in writing letters of support for gender-affirming medical interventions.

— Emily Skelton, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Newhall, CA

Many of my clients are exploring their gender identity and/or considering transition. I also work with the parents and siblings of trans and non-binary individuals, supporting them as they come to terms with their own feelings and discover new strengths and insights associated with gender exploration and transition.

— Penelope (Nel) Mercer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Exploring the influence of the gender binary, gender roles, how various cultures view gender differently, gender markers, correct pronouns, having discussions around gender identity with loved ones, friends, or co-workers. There are a lot of issues that can come with exploring gender identity. I recognize that there are many sides to this concept and work with my clients to provide them a safe space to explore issues connected to gender, regardless of how they identify.

— Joey Salvatore, Counselor in Bethesda, MD

My experience with my own gender identity has influenced my ability to align with my client's narrative with their gender experience both in identity and expression. I have sat with many people who identify outside of the cisgender binary and understand that their experience with their gender is just as valid and deserves recognition and visibility. I am able to comprehend and provide authentic positive regard for the spectrum of experiences within the concept of gender.

— Shawn Lasker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

I welcome all gender identities and those looking to explore, accept or understand feelings related to gender identity.

— Meghan Cleveland, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

From children up through elders, I work with gender expansive people in understanding their identity, support during any type of transition, providing gender affirming surgery letters, or just being a therapist who is aware of multiple genders, pronouns, etc. A special interest is in supporting trans folks in the family building/ path to parenting process.

— Gianna Rico, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

There are many hurdles for people who are trans*, such as exploring gender freely, without judgment, to seeking gender confirmation services. Beyond providing a safe space for trans folx, I am ready to write documentation after a single session to be used with other medical professionals to assert your readiness for any medical assistance with your transition that you might need.

— Carly Stevens, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have spent the last two years working in private practice with children, teenagers and adults working through their gender identity whether this is starting the process of changing their name, beginning hormone therapy, or working through the changes happening in the individual’s body. This is a part of my experience I’m excited to continue working with as I have continued to grow and enhance my understanding of the trans population and the challenges they face.

— Dan Escobar, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I have interest, experience and education in assisting folx who need guidance in planning how to affirm their gender identity.

— Deb Horton, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Deerfield, NH

I help people focus on being their most authentic selves by exploring obstacles to growth, working on relationship issues, and helping people transition.

— Nichole Mayweather-Banks, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bloomfield, CT

An understanding, accepting, and experienced therapist can make a difference. In a non-judgmental and supportive environment, I help with the many challenges of transgender persons. I will work with you to achieve your goals through assessment and process.

— Galit Ribakoff, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Dallas, TX

My expertise in gender identity exploration has been both personal and professional. I identify as transmasculine/nonbinary, but beyond my own lived experience, I've worked both with individuals and groups to explore and process gender identity -- both the challenges and the joys. I have experience working through questions around social and medical transition with clients and families. If any of this is on your mind, I hope you'll reach out. We can hold it together.

— Ash Levine, Therapist in Chicago, IL

I possess a combination of lived and professional experience with gender identity / diversity. I am able to provide gender letters to established clients.

— Caitlynn Hill, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

I work to help you create a positive gender identity, whether you are questioning this identity, or gaining self-esteem and community, I have been working with and supporting positive gender identity throughout my time as a marriage and family therapist. I have attended many continued education courses in this field and this was also my focus of study throughout my schooling. I will continue to work to learn more in order to best serve you in your gender identity journey.

— Lindsay Callahan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

This has been the main focus of my work since I started doing private practice in 2014. I very much enjoy working with people to discern their identity or what transition steps might feel important for them. I affirm all gender identities and believe that gender is self-defined. I write referral letters for hormones and surgeries and lead a therapy group for transgender adults. I consider it a privilege to provide assistance to people seeking to express their authentic selves.

— Joanna Morse, Psychologist in Louisville, KY