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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Gender and sexuality define who we are, the way we love, and how we connect with others. Diverse and, therefore, controversial, our gender and our sexuality are too often handled without acknowledgment of the power they hold. I work with marginalized identifies, including but not limited transgender, non-binary, intersexed, gay, lesbian, bisexual and non-monogamy. ,The focus of therapy on the client's self defined needs, along with specialized services of Hormone Replacement Therapy support and

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

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

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

While I am cisgender, I have worked with the trans community and gender identity since 2007. In graduate school my work focused on the need for better treatment for people who identified as trans. I worked in an inpatient treatment center for LGBTQ individuals with addiction and mental illness. I have worked with many individuals, as young as 14, who come into counseling exploring gender identity. I have written letters using WPATH guidelines for those who are seeking gender-affirming surgery.

— Lisa Ritter, Counselor in Beaverton, OR

Helping folks be who they are. Medical letter writing for gender affirming surgery, specialized couples support for couples with gender questioning, coming out, and transition events. Cisgender Spouses Group for supportive spouses of transgender partners. Couples group both beginners, and advanced ongoing drop in for Spouses Group members/partners. My family and friends are of the LGBTQ rainbow. Effective research based Gottman Method couples counseling when needed.

— Shannon Batts, Licensed Professional Counselor

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, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

It's never too late to embrace your authentic self. My approach is to help support and encourage you in your journey to finding and accepting your true identity.

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newport, KY

Trans-issues have been a central focus of my personal studies since leaving school. I attend any workshop/conference/presentation that I can to further my education on transgender and gender non-binary/gender non-conforming issues. I have also committed myself to continue to study how the binary system serves to perpetuate misogyny and cis-privilege.

— Alejandro Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

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

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 tucker, Psychologist in Providence, RI

I have ten years experience helping clients navigate the decision process, and the resulting experiences of transitioning.

— Carol Lennox, Counselor in Austin, TX

I am a member of the the American Psychological Association Division 44 – Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. I have attended and continue to attend trainings relating to the provision of gender-affirming therapy and assessment and participate in a peer consultation group with several colleagues who have expertise in working with the TGNC+ community. I work with folx age 8 and up, as well as couples, and families.

— Brittany Bate, Psychologist in , NC

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.

— Birch Snogles, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI

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 (not currently accepting new clients), Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CT

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

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 Longmont, CO