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 take an approach embracing a positive and wholehearted view of all gender and sexual identities and relationships. I treat all clients and their families with dignity, respect and the affirmation they deserve. Your sexual orientation and gender identity or expression may or may not be source of distress for you. You may find that having a qualified mental health professional who has familiarity, experience and desire to work with issues you face as a member of the LGBTQ community helpful to you achieving your desired outcomes. Having access to an unbiased and supportive resource can make a big difference on your journey to authentic living. For individuals within the LGBTQ community, I provide a safe, supportive and positive space to explore feelings and issues related to all stages and seasons of life including: Identity Development Stress Management Self–Esteem Concerns Coming Out Processes Interpersonal Relationships Coping with Perfectionism Social Concerns Gender Identity

— Allison Glorioso, Mental Health Counselor in Fort Myers, FL

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

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

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

— Carol Lennox, Counselor in Austin, TX

I have worked with individuals ranging in age for 16 to 81, in all stages of gender identity issues from feeling confused about their gender identity through a complete transition. I do not believe gender is binary. If you need a therapist well trained and experienced in this issue to explore further, I am the right fit for you.

— Maria Carrington, Therapist in University Place, WA

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

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 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 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

Providing support to adults at any point along the gender journey.

— Erika Gray, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I work with members of the trans community and help with gender confusion, gender dysphoria, transition decisions, transition disorders, family issues, relationship issues, and discrimination. I leverage my medical background to help people navigate medical and surgical transition.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

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

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

I work with members of the trans and non-binary community and help with gender questioning, gender dysphoria, transition decisions, family issues, relationship issues, and discrimination. I leverage my medical background to help people navigate medical and surgical transition.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

As a queer fat femme, I anchor a healing space that celebrates the fabulousness and fulness of your gender. I hold a healing space where trans and nonbinary folx can enter into your healing work without having to explain yourself or make yourself smaller. I also support folx to access medical transition like surgeries with low-barrier, single session gender affirming consults.

— horizon greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

I have extensive research and training in understanding the unique needs of trans, non-binary, gender nonconforming, and genderqueer populations, as well as the LGBTQQIA community. I also enjoy helping cigender individuals explore and challenge rigid cultural expectations about gender roles. I welcome parents and family members who want to learn more and be more supportive of their queer and trans loved ones.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX

I possess a combination of lived and professional experience with gender identity / diversity. I am able to provide gender letters to established clients.

— Caitlynn Hill, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

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

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-LaFrance, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Humble, TX