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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When looking for a therapist for myself I realized just how hard it is to find therapists that are able to show up for trans and non-binary clients in the ways we need. This is when I decided to go to school and become the therapist I was reaching dead ends looking for. At my internship sites I worked with LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families.

— Birch Snogles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ann arbor, MI

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

— Deb Horton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Deerfield, NH

You are so stressed by questions about your gender identity and gender expression. The gender dysphoria hits you at the core, often leading to depression and anxiety. You are fed up with correcting people when they mis-gender you or use your “dead name". I am a queer, trans-affirming therapist who can help you navigate this cisgender society that often excludes you. I work from a model of Informed Consent, helping you make the best decisions about your own body.

— Lisabeth Wotherspoon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NH

Providing support to adults at any point along the gender journey.

— Erika Gray, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I am a Certified World Professional Association for Transgender Health Care (WPATH) GEI SOC7 Member. I have extensive training, research, and clinical experience working with transgender and gender diverse youth, adults, and families. Transgender clients and family members seeking assessment or counseling services can expect a safe space, and respectful, non-pathologizing, collaborative care.

— Luke Allen, Psychologist

I am an intersex person, assigned as male at birth. Although I identify as female within the gender binary, tomboy best describes my gender identity. I don't pass, which means that ever encounter with every new person I interact with is a coming out experience. I was the first out trans person hired in every job I've held since transitioning. In one form or another, I have been an activist in the trans community for more than a decade.

— Erika Laurentz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA

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 have worked with clients from exploring gender identity, exploring gender expressions, and navigating the world when they don't recognize you for who you are.

— Tricia Osterberger, Counselor in Weaverville, NC

Having grown up not feeling quite all female, but not quite all male, I understand what dysphoria can be like as well as uncertainty in who you are. In fact, I'm still on my own gender journey! I do know, that it doesn't need to be scary and lonely--whether you're the parent of a transgender, Nonbinary, or gender questioning child or you're the one wanting to identify your gender or transition.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Whether you're questioning your gender identity, encountering frustration or struggles with trying to express yourself for who you truly are, or anywhere in between, I am here for support. I have trained in gender identity issues for both adolescents and adults, and create treatment plans with your specific gender identity needs at the forefront.

— Emilie Cleaver, Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I am Non-binary and offer letters of support for gender-affirming procedures.

— Jules Allison, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I have extensive experience working with people of all ages on gender identity related issues. At a previous job this was a particular focus in working with transgender people - mostly young people - regarding identity and the possibility of transition. This is also something I have personal experience with navigating in my own life. I know that identity is complex, layered, and always changing. This is why I hope to provide a supportive space for you in which you can navigate this your way.

— Renya NeoNorton, Marriage & Family Therapist

In addition to my educational knowledge, my personal experience dealing with my own gender identity is what has informed both my passion and my ability to help others navigate this sensitive, difficult, and deeply personal issue.

— Nathan Schuyler, Student Therapist in Chicago, IL

At any given time in the four years I have been practicing, about two-thirds of my clients are people who do not identify as cisgender. I have participated in conferences and professional symposia related to this population, including Gender Spectrum and Translife, and regularly communicate and collaborate with other professionals who work with transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people.

— Cole Rennix, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redding, CA

I provide gender care services through my practice. I am trans, non-binary and gender queer affirming. I provide letters for gender confirmation surgery as well as HRT letters. As your therapist it is not my role to gatekeep your body by making you jump through all of these impossible hoops in order for you to receive the care that you need. I trust you and I trust that you know what is best for your body. I am here to support you as you navigate your way through your journey.

— Aydrelle Collins, Counselor in Dallas, TX

As a therapist, I have supported many clients in exploring their gender identity, finding ways to affirm their unique identity and support them through medical transition if desired. I provide surgical assessments and referrals if needed/wanted, support with name change and other aspects of affirming one's identity. I believe in an informed consent model of care and work to affirm and validate your needs. I have also trained many providers including medical doctors and social workers.

— Melanie Cohn-Hopwood, Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

At Syracuse University, I was on a special team of therapists and professors that provided therapy to transgender clients and their families--helping them explore their gender identity, transition, obtain hormone replacement therapy, name and gender changes, etc., as well as being a consistent source of support during what many describe as an isolating and challenging experience

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

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