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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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 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

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

Gender identity can be both tricky and scary. I am here to offer a safe space to explore your gender identity as well as help discuss all of the struggles that may come with your identity.

— Marina Bednarek, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Turnersville, NJ

I work to help you create a positive gender identity, whether you are questioning this identity, or gaining self-esteem and community, I have been working with and supporting positive gender identity throughout my time as a marriage and family therapist. I have attended many continued education courses in this field and this was also my focus of study throughout my schooling. I will continue to work to learn more in order to best serve you in your gender identity journey.

— Lindsay Callahan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

I have worked with transgender clients almost exclusively in my private practice. I am an affirming clinician. I believe my clients when they tell me they are transgender, non-binary or genderqueer. I attend national conferences each year such as The Philadelphia Trans Wellness conference to increase my education. I am a member of WPATH and am WPATH GEI SOC v7 certified. I support informed consent for my clients. I have extensive experience writing hormone and surgery letters for clients.

— Katie Leikam, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

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, Student Therapist in Chicago, IL

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

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

As a transgender therapist, I love working with other trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive or non-conforming individuals on a variety of issues. Gender itself may be something you'd like to explore or work on in therapy, and I do enjoy working with questioning or transitioning clients, but gender doesn't need to be the focus of our work either. I find that simply having a shared experience of what it's like to be trans can be very helpful for my clients.

— Daphne Krantz, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

I feel gender should be expansive as opposed to restricting. I have interrogated and played with the gender binary on my own personal journey, and in terms of academic training have recently completed the Widener Trans Affirming Care certificate program.

— Erika Barrington, Licensed Professional Counselor

My experience with my own gender identity has influenced my ability to align with my client's narrative with their gender experience both in identity and expression. I have sat with many people who identify outside of the cisgender binary and understand that their experience with their gender is just as valid and deserves recognition and visibility. I am able to comprehend and provide authentic positive regard for the spectrum of experiences within the concept of gender.

— Shawn Lasker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

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

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 , MA

I hold experience with the LGBTQ2IA+ community both professionally and personally. In a professional context, this has included support for clients in discovering and affirming their sexualities and gender identities, support through life transitions such as coming out to friends or family, and support working through internalized homophobia or transphobia. I have also attended numerous trainings on sexual and gender identity and have completed several years of academic coursework.

— Bridge Condron, Student Therapist in Seattle, WA

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 Associate in ,

As a transmasculine non-binary therapist, I am passionate about serving the trans and gender non-conforming community. Whether you are just beginning to explore your own gender, transitioning or working through relationship shifts related to your gender, I strive to create a safe space where these topics can be explored and expanded upon.

— E Ardron, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL

At any given time about 1/3 of my caseload are trans or gender diverse individuals. I have worked with several people from exploring their gender identity all the way to pursuing transition services.

— Andrew Bentley, Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

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