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 love working with folx who are exploring gender identity and journeying with them as they claim the identity/identities that are their most authentic expression. I am happy to provide supportive documentation needed for social or medical transition, and strive to minimize challenges related to navigating insurance and medical systems. If you are needing documentation from a therapist and concerned about cost, please reach out to me so we can figure out how to best support you!

— Elizabeth Hawkins, Sex Therapist

For over 10 years, we have worked diligently with clients exploring (and often struggling) with their gender identity. This is our primary specialty at The Mind Parlor; we strongly assert that the "T" in LGBTQ is it's own unique and individual part of the queer community. As such, we believe gender identity clients deserve dedicated specialists with experience and training specifically pertaining to these particular challenges. Well, in this area, we can confidently say "we've got you covered!"

— Brittany Stilwell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

One of my favorite things to explore with client's is their self-identity and getting to truly know yourself as a person. And it is my personal belief that exploring one's gender identity is helpful, not only to have the opportunity to reflect and feel secure in one's self, but also to improve self-confidence and self-esteem, a sense of autonomy, and a greater sense of self.

— Gulsanam Azieva, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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

People in the Queer and Trans community have a unique way of being in the world. You need a therapist who is part of the LGBTQ community and understands what it’s like to be a nonbinary or queer person. Someone with personal experience living your truth can provide the support you need. You need a therapist who knows that being truthful makes you feel separate from everybody else. Connecting with a therapist who understands can help you embody your most authentic self.

— Kristen Crowe - Open Space Therapy Collective, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in LA, CA

We live in a culture with very rigid views about gender and it takes work to unravel the many internalized beliefs we acquire throughout our lifetime. In order to provide the best care I can to my clients, I regularly attend trainings on working with the LGBTQ+ community, and participate in ongoing consultation groups with gender diverse and transgender clinicians.

— Mark Myran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Irvine, CA

Whether you are cis, trans or still exploring—gender, and our feelings about it, can be tricky! There are so many cultural, familial, and personal histories to unpack that can impact how we feel about our identity. I provide a curious, creative and non-judgmental space for you to think expansively about gender and try on different identities as you embark on self exploration. My goal is to help you better tune in to your intuition and boundaries and live a more authentic, fulfilling life.

— Kayla Freeman, Social Worker in Austin, TX

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 others navigate this sensitive, difficult, and deeply personal issue.

— Nathan Schuyler, Social Worker in Tinley Park, IL

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, Social Worker in Tinley Park, IL

I don't assume that my lived experience makes me an expert on trans and gender issues. That's why I have pursued ongoing supervision and consultation from other respected trans-identified therapists, and attended gender wellness conferences and other trainings since before I began to work with gender diverse clients. Whether you (or your child) are starting to question your identity, need surgery letters, or are somewhere in between, I'm here to support you at the pace that feels right to you.

— Adrien Leacy, Clinical Social Worker in , 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

“Being trans means I made myself and the world didn’t make me. I defy some of the most powerful cultural institutions in the world.” I partner with folks in understanding, accepting, expressing, and asserting their gender. I see gender as an infinite spectrum, and gender alignment/transition as a nonlinear process unique to each person. Let's cultivate trans joy.

— Aerin Riegelsberger, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

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 Boston, MA

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 can provide WPATH letters which are letters of readiness for gender affirmation surgery. With specialized training and experience in gender diversity, I can help individuals work through their gender dysphoria and transition. I help my clients love themselves more fully and

— Lindsay Laufer, LCSW, CCTP, Therapist in Charlotte, NC

I have decades of experience working with the trans community. My professional experience as well as my personal history as a trans man influence my ability to meet people where they are. Recognizing and validating each client's individual experience is prioritized. I offer a safe space to explore a diverse range of topics, dig into "dysphoria" and what it might mean for you, facilitate connection to others in community as well as other local available resources.

— Thomas Coughlin, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Silver Spring, MD

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

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