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 heights and depths of what gender means to you is familiar territory. You have the map, I'll provide the compass. Let's explore! I have worked directly with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people for years, including those who have experienced marginalization within the Trans community itself. What's more, I've found that cisgender people have also benefited from addressing gender roles, gender euphoria, and their relationships to sexism/patriarchy in working with me.

— Aelijah Lynch, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL

Starting with my internship, I have worked with and treated many transgender and non-binary clients. Everything from giving them resources so they could start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to writing letters so they could have gender affirming surgery; I've been with clients every step of the way on their journey to becoming their authentic selves.

— Anthony Boyd, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Centerville, OH

More than half of my clients identify as *trans. I have been a member of WPATH off and on for over a decade. I was in on the ground floor training of their Global Education Initiative. Identity is a right, not a privilege. You should get to be supported for who you are.

— Michelle Wexelblat MSW Counseling, Clinical Social Worker

The gender binary excludes so many of us and can leave us feeling confused, alone, and like we're not enough. We'll explore your gender journey together in an accepting and nonjudgmental space, and honor and celebrate your most authentic expression of yourself.

— Heather Buchheim, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

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 am a Certified World Professional Association for Transgender Health Care (WPATH) GEI SOC7 Member. I have extensive training, research, and clinical experience working with transgender and gender diverse youth, adults, and families. Transgender clients and family members seeking assessment or counseling services can expect a safe space, and respectful, non-pathologizing, collaborative care.

— Dr. Luke Allen, Psychologist in Las Vegas, NV

I bring a combination of professional and personal experience to my work with individuals exploring their Gender Identity - whether it's about coming out, transitioning, or just exploring. In addition to my work as a therapist and my personal experience, I spent several years working with Identity House - an all-volunteer LGBTQ+ peer counseling organization in NYC - facilitating Transgender and Trans/Non-Binary support groups.

— Christie Cunningham, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY

I have several years of experience coming alongside individuals who are on their gender journey, wherever they may be at the moment. I support those who are beginning their exploration and are questioning, and I also provide an affirming space for people who feel as though their transition is no longer something they need support for.

— Georgie Kelly, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in SAN DIEGO, CA

My desire to work with gender identity was a critical component to my inspiration in becoming a sex therapist. I am passionate about delivering gender affirming care at all stages of exploration and/or transition.

— Ajay Dheer, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Beaverton, OR

as a they/them myself, i find so much joy in serving queer and trans community and sharing lived experience. my entire training took place within a nonprofit mental health organization dedicated to queer and trans folx, and i've continued enjoying to work with my QTs (read like "cuties") since moving into private practice. i love celebrating the resilient wisdom of gender expansiveness and gender nonconformity. my nonbinary-ness is not merely a label—it's a whole worldview and way of being.

— summer koo, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Denver, CO

I have worked with clients from exploring gender identity, exploring gender expressions, and navigating the world when they don't recognize you for who you are.

— Tricia Osterberger, Counselor in Weaverville, NC

“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” ― Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

— Stephanie (Vee) Van Fossen, Counselor in Austin, 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

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

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 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

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

During graduate school I interned at TransActive Gender Center, providing mental health services for transgender/gender non-binary youth, adolescents, and their families. I continue to provide affirmative care for the community and their families.

— Alexa Adams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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