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 have a deep personal and professional understanding of many gender identities, gender dysphoria, topics related to transition, and a multitude of other gender related topics. I support teens and adults who are questioning, just beginning their gender exploration, transitioning, decades into transition, and everything in-between.

— Kaleb Catricala, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Clifton Park, NY

I have worked extensively with gender-diverse clients throughout my career. As a non-binary counselor, I know exactly what it can feel like when you experience gender euphoria for the first time. In the safety of the counseling space, I love helping clients think of the ways they want to experiment with different expressions and affirming activities to learn what works for them. I also share information and resources my clients can use if they want to seek HRT services.

— Braden Weinmann, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

Every person's gender identity and journey is uniquely complex and personal. I have spent over a decade studying gender theories and practices and helping people of all walks of life explore what gender means to them. I am a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and follow their best practices.

— Jaxon Shaffer, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beaverton, OR

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

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 Chicago, IL

Beginning to explore your gender identity can be a challenging and frightening prospect. I am passionate about working with members of the trans/non-binary community and continue my education regarding these issues through continuing education classes, reading scholarly documents, and connections with others within the community. Our work together can and will address many issues, however I will never assume that the issues that brought you to therapy are only rooted in your gender identity.

— Chris Paton, Psychotherapist in Seattle, WA

I have experience helping clients to navigate their gender identity, with a focus on Non-binary and Gender Non-conforming identities.

— Stephen Kendall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

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

— Jacqueline Hynes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Princeton, TX

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

Competent care requires a commitment to continuous learning. Participating in education focused on gender identity formation and exploration helps me provide competent and affirming care. I have also completed a graduate certificate program for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Temple University. This certification has helped prepare me better to meet our diverse community's needs.

— Joseph Torre, Therapist in Hatboro, PA

If you’re trans, queer, or still trying to find yourself, we can work together on your journey.

— Anna Abramyan, Clinical Social Worker in Olympia, WA

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

— Erika Gray, Clinical 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 support teenagers exploring their relationship to gender in a supportive, celebratory and accessible way. I also enjoy working with families to help them figure out how to love and support their children well throughout this process.

— Shoshana Trager, Therapist in Philadephia, PA

I work with individuals who are trans, non-binary, gender fluid, genderqueer, two spirit, etc.

— Lauren Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Alexandria, VA

As a nonbinary therapist I have considerable personal experience with feeling uncertain and confused in one's body. Perhaps you experience outright dysphoria. Perhaps you're feeling more of a vague feeling that something is wrong. Perhaps you feel ecstatic imagining yourself looking difference or being perceived and treated different by others. Perhaps you feel torn in multiple directions and feel confused. Whatever your experience, I can help guide you to greater self understanding.

— Phillip Coulson, Therapist in Seattle, WA

I help trans and gender nonconforming individuals work through issues of gender dysphoria, family of origin conflicts related to identity, and managing the stress of transitioning. I also provide letters for gender affirming surgery and other treatment.

— Danielle Stoner, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Williamsville, NY

I specialize in working with transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, gender queer and agender youth and adults. I provide support to clients, families and partners around transition and gender exploration. I also provide consultation to mental health providers on being a gender affirming therapist.

— Danielle Greenspan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

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