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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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 Ridgway, CO

I am intrinsically motivated to make space for individuals processing gender identity concerns. I bring my clinical expertise, compassionate understanding, and personal experience to the clinical space. My approach is rooted in affirmation and empowerment. Utilizing gender-affirming therapy and narrative techniques, I support clients in authentically navigating their identities.

— Karissa Tobey, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Saint Charles, IL

I am genderqueer and have worked with many stripes of gender-expansive identities, both in private practice as well as with the community organization Queer Asterisk.

— Grace Ballard, Sex Therapist in New York, NY

In a previous professional life, I managed a program specifically for LGBTQ+ with a large population of transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse clients. As a cishet person, I approached this position with immense humility and put on my learning and listening hats. I sought intensive training and consultation with gender-diverse therapists (and continue to do so) on how best to support LGBTQ+ folks. I grew to have a strong passion in providing support to this deeply-respected community.

— Sarah Lesko, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in EL DORADO HILLS, CA

At Michigan Safe Space, we strive to make quality, evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health services available to all members of our community. Supporting diversity and inclusivity are core values. As part of this mission, our therapists are committed to the principles of gay and LGBTQ affirmative therapy and we strive to empower those who are marginalized and oppressed.

— Chad Allee, Clinical Social Worker in , MI

I welcome your authentic self! You don't have to separate who you are as both an autistic and trans+/non-binary client. I am LGBTQIA+, non-binary, and transgender affirming; disability informed; and aware of intersecting forms of discrimination. I strive to create a safe and inclusive space for all of my clients, and I understand the importance of addressing the unique challenges faced by marginalized communities.

— Riley Morgan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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.

— Dr. Luke Allen, Psychologist in Las Vegas, NV

If you feel you don't fit into society's cisgender model I offer individual and group therapy to help you process your gender identity. You can meet with me individually or explore and fully express your gender identity and connect with others in a safe and supportive environment in group. The group is tailored to the needs of its members with a strong relational-cultural focus. Small 6-8 client group. Call or text 407-676-4150 for more information and to schedule a brief screening call.

— Krissy Moses, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL

I have been part of the Transgender community for 15 years as a partner of a Transman. I made Transgender issues my focus in Grad school and continue to work hard on learning more. I have supported many clients on their gender journey.

— Kristin Roberts, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

More than half of my clients identify as *trans. I have been a member of WPATH off and on for over a decade. I was in on the ground floor training of their Global Education Initiative. Identity is a right, not a privilege. You should get to be supported for who you are.

— Michelle Wexelblat MSW Counseling, Clinical Social Worker

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 Baltimore, MD

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

I have experience working with trans* and cisgender clients across the spectrum in working to understand and navigate transition, access gender-affirming healthcare, processing internalized beliefs and negative experiences related to their gender and/or sexual identity; as well as other mental health concerns or distress.

— Sarah Emeritz, Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

I currently spend part of my time working in a multidisciplinary Gender Health program where individuals can seek medical transition as well as have mental health therapy.

— Leslie Weaver, Clinical Social Worker in Indianapolis, IN

I have ten years of experience working with gender-diverse folx. I've received hundreds of hours of training on the unique needs of the queer community. I've also designed and implemented trainings for working with and raising gender diverse children.

— Shannon Knight, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Oldsmar, FL

I have specialized training and have worked with children, adolescents, and adults as they explore their gender, and as they go through social and physical transition. Additionally, I have worked as family therapist with families that are having conflict or concerns around a family member's gender identity. I believe in an affirmative-care only approach to exploration of gender and identity.

— Wade McDonald, Clinical Psychologist in Frisco, TX

I have several years of experience coming alongside individuals who are on their gender journey, wherever they may be at the moment. I support those who are beginning their exploration and are questioning, and I also provide an affirming space for people who feel as though their transition is no longer something they need support for.

— Georgie Kelly, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in SAN DIEGO, CA

The gender binary excludes so many of us and can leave us feeling confused, alone, and like we're not enough. We'll explore your gender journey together in an accepting and nonjudgmental space, and honor and celebrate your most authentic expression of yourself.

— Heather Buchheim, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is also transgender, I bring a unique perspective and firsthand understanding of the experiences, challenges, and nuances of being transgender. My personal experience with gender identity and the journey I have gone through can provide a deep level of empathy, connection, and understanding with my transgender clients. I can offer a safe, non-judgmental, and affirming space for individuals who are questioning their gender identities.

— Wyatt Okeefe, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR