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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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 Syracuse University, I was on a special team of therapists and professors that provided therapy to transgender clients and their families--helping them explore their gender identity, transition, obtain hormone replacement therapy, name and gender changes, etc., as well as being a consistent source of support during what many describe as an isolating and challenging experience

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

I work with gender diverse clients using a gender-affirming approach. I provide a space where clients can explore their identities and learn to navigate gender-related challenges, for example, discussing what it might be like to share their identities with others or about what coming out means to them. Together we come up with strategies for helping clients feel more comfortable in their own skin while protecting their physical and emotional safety from transphobia.

— Susan Pollard, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Menlo Park, CA

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

I have interest, experience and education in assisting folx who need guidance in planning how to affirm their gender identity.

— Deb Horton, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Deerfield, NH

I have many years of experience and training in working with trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people. In addition to working with trans people in individual therapy, I also have experience providing access letters for gender affirming surgeries.

— Ashley Molin, Psychologist in ,

Having grown up not feeling quite all female, but not quite all male, I understand what dysphoria can be like as well as uncertainty in who you are. In fact, I'm still on my own gender journey! I do know, it doesn't need to be scary and lonely--whether you're the parent of a transgender, Nonbinary, or gender questioning child or you're the one wanting to identify your gender or transition.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

The Artful Healing Center provides gender affirming therapy for transgender, gender creative, and non-binary youth, adults, family members and partners. We provide individual and family therapy. We operate from an informed consent framework and support clients in affirming their identity and expressing their authentic selves. Clinicians at The Artful Healing Center are trained in writing letters of support for gender-affirming medical interventions.

— Emily Skelton, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Newhall, CA

I conduct evaluations for recommendations letters related to gender affirming medical care (single letter or second “doctoral” letter) based on a informed consent model. Letters cover all areas required by insurance, physicians, and the WPATH international care guidelines. Talk therapy is based on client goals and often includes exploring how the person understands their gender, wants to present privately and publicly, coming out to family and friends, and managing safety and minority stress.

— Todd Koser, Psychologist in CHERRY HILL, NJ

I am a non-binary trans person. I have worked with people in all stages of transition and with the personal growth needed to move into your best true self. I believe that the gender spectrum is unlimited, and there are no boxes into which anyone must fit. I respect the journey, the pronouns, and the questions that come along with discovering and validating your identity.

— Alyxx Berg, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

As a trans clinician, we can talk about gender, and we can talk about every other thing going on in your life that may not have anything to do with gender, or maybe it has everything to do with gender. Maybe we are just searching for what gender is, or how we experience gender. We may leave with more questions about out gender than understanding of it. I am on my own gender journey, as are you, and I would love to create a space that is validating of you and your experience

— Kieran Mcmonagle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bainbridge Island, WA

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. At my internship sites I worked with LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families.

— Birch Snogles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ann arbor, MI

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

Having grown up not feeling quite all female, but not quite all male, I understand what dysphoria can be like as well as uncertainty in who you are. It doesn't need to be scary and lonely--whether you're the parent of a transgender, Nonbinary, or gender questioning child or you're the one wanting to identify your gender or transition.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I welcome all gender identities and those looking to explore, accept or understand feelings related to gender identity.

— Meghan Cleveland, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

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

I am married to a post-transition trans man whom I regularly accompany to to trans conferences, meetings, and events. I also have professional experience providing individual, couple, family, and group services to trans individuals and their families, both binary and non-binary. I have experience writing letters for gender affirming hormone therapy and surgery.

— Margaret Keig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Maitland, FL