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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Starting with my internship, I have worked with and treated many transgender and non-binary clients. Everything from giving them resources so they could start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to writing letters so they could have gender affirming surgery; I've been with clients every step of the way on their journey to becoming their authentic selves.

— Anthony Boyd, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Trans-affirming and experienced in helping clients explore their gender identity, writing letters in accordance with WPATH standards and collaborating with trans-affirming physicians

— Amanda Earle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I specialize in working with people who identify as trans and/or gender non-conforming or non-binary. My clinical work was featured in a NY Times Magazine article in June of 2019 titled "The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary." I speak about non-binary sexuality at conferences and work with patients exploring their gender identity to navigate the societal challenges that come with being outside of cis world views.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

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

— Nathan Schuyler, Student Therapist in Chicago, IL

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

I have 10 years experience supporting gender non-conforming individuals.

— Erika Gray, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I have worked with individuals ranging in age for 16 to 81, in all stages of gender identity issues from feeling confused about their gender identity through a complete transition. I do not believe gender is binary. If you need a therapist well trained and experienced in this issue to explore further, I am the right fit for you.

— Maria Carrington, Therapist in University Place, WA

Forming understanding of gender, social transition, assessment and letter writing for transgender confirmation medical procedures, gender dysphoria.

— Jacqueline Hynes, Counselor in Princeton, TX

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

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

As someone who has grappled with and accepted their own gender identity, including choosing to medically transition, I have personal experience that aids in my expertise. I approach gender exploration with curiosity, openness, and non-judgment. I am here to help you understand yourself through compassionate listening and asking questions. Alternatively, perhaps you already have a solid understanding of your gender, but simply prefer to work with a therapist who has experience with trans clients.

— Zem Chance, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eugene, OR

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

I have extensive research and training in understanding the unique needs of trans, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and genderqueer populations, as well as the LGBTQQIA community. I also enjoy helping cigender individuals explore and challenge rigid cultural expectations about gender roles. I welcome parents and family members who want to learn more and be more supportive of their queer and trans loved ones.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX

I conduct evaluations for recommendations letters related to gender affirming medical care (single letter or second “doctoral” letter) based on a informed consent model. Letters cover all areas required by insurance, physicians, and the WPATH international care guidelines. Talk therapy is based on client goals and often includes exploring how the person understands their gender, wants to present privately and publicly, coming out to family and friends, and managing safety and minority stress.

— Todd Koser, Psychologist in CHERRY HILL, NJ

I have received extensive training and experience working with individuals who are looking to explore their gender in therapy.

— Kassondra Wilson, Mental Health Counselor in , WA

For several years I have been involved in the transgender community and helping families find resources for their transgender loved ones. Whether you are transgender, non-binary or questioning, I create a safe and informed space for you to navigate gender identity or non-related struggles. I also support family and friends of transgender people in navigating supporting loved ones in their own transitions.

— Stephanie Boulton, Counselor in Boulder, CO

I have many years of experience and training in working with trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people. In addition to working with trans people in individual therapy, I also have experience providing access letters for gender affirming surgeries.

— Ashley Molin, Psychologist in ,

Pressure to conform to social norms can be overwhelming and interfere with living. A person cannot possibly be living their best life if they are detached from their authentic self or feel trapped by traditional gender norms . I have worked with people who identify all along the gender spectrum from curious and questioning to fully transitioned. Supporting and helping them find their authenticity is one of the most rewarding parts of my professional work.

— Jeanine Moreland, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

I work with members of the trans and non-binary community and help with gender questioning, gender dysphoria, transition decisions, family issues, relationship issues, and discrimination. I leverage my medical background to help people navigate medical and surgical transition.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ