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 am genderqueer and have worked with many stripes of gender-expansive identities, both in private practice as well as with the community organization Queer Asterisk.

— Grace Ballard, Sex Therapist in New York, NY

Avvri's training began at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, now defunct, in 2011. Since then, they have experienced their own transition and continued working with the community to this day. They have provided direct services like mental health treatment, letter writing, political advocacy, and community outreach/education.

— Avvri Rathsack, Licensed Master of Social Work in Albany, NY

It's never too late to embrace your authentic self. My approach is to help support and encourage you in your journey to finding and accepting your true identity.

— Rachael Lastoff, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Asheville, NC

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 other navigate this sensitive, difficult, and deeply personal issue.

— Nathan Schuyler, Social Worker in Tinley Park, IL

In addition to my educational knowledge, my personal experience dealing with my own gender identity is what has informed both my passion and my ability to help others navigate this sensitive, difficult, and deeply personal issue.

— Nathan Schuyler, Social Worker in Tinley Park, IL

I have been part of the Transgender community for 15 years as a partner of a Transman. I made Transgender issues my focus in Grad school and continue to work hard on learning more. I have supported many clients on their gender journey.

— Kristin Roberts, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

The process of exploring and better understanding your gender identity can be such a deeply invested experience. It is my role to support, sometimes guide, and mostly help clients work through their own understanding. I credit a supervisor during my graduate school training with holding me to a high standard when it came to working with clients who are exploring their gender identity and this continues to be an area I love working with and learning how to be a better clinician.

— Jaime Larson, Clinical Psychologist

One of my favorite things to explore with client's is their self-identity and getting to truly know yourself as a person. And it is my personal belief that exploring one's gender identity is helpful, not only to have the opportunity to reflect and feel secure in one's self, but also to improve self-confidence and self-esteem, a sense of autonomy, and a greater sense of self.

— Gulsanam Azieva, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I have experience working with trans* and cisgender clients across the spectrum in working to understand and navigate transition, access gender-affirming healthcare, processing internalized beliefs and negative experiences related to their gender and/or sexual identity; as well as other mental health concerns or distress.

— Sarah Emeritz, Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

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

As a white cis-male, I humbly recognize my privilege and that you are the expert of your own life. Trans Rights are Human Rights. . If you're facing daily challenges due to your gender identity or race, you may need to express yourself and be heard. Rest assured, you have value and worth. Sometimes that can be hard for us to believe. Please reach out to me and I will strive to provide you a welcoming and affirming experience.

— Ryan Mast, Therapist

Using an affirming approach with an understanding of Gender Identity Development, I have worked to help people better understand their own conceptualization of gender identity. Gender often evolves throughout a lifetime, and being able to embrace that evolution without judgement is vital to feeling confident and empowered. I will always advocate for my clients to improve their access to resources and help them to connect to a community of support and acceptance.

— Stef Stone, Therapist in Chicago, IL

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

I’m here to help you explore your gender identity and how you want to relate to the world

— Kaylee Bond, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

As a trans-identified person, it is a great honor and delight to work alongside you to recognize yourself and feel at home in your body. Often times this can include working through internalized oppression, caring for yourself, setting boundaries with folks who don’t always treat you with the love you deserve to receive, support around medical aspects, connections to community, transition support, sobriety, intimacy, and on and on. I read, consult, and live this.

— Mick Rehrig, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

Gender identity development is a complex I provide assessment and preparatory counseling for those seeking gender-affirming medical care.

— Brooke Ferragamo, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

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 Ridgway, CO

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

My expertise and training is working with gender and sexuality, which is often to say working through issues in expression and understanding. I offer space to further explore and understand gender, or otherwise affirmation and understanding. We go at your pace.

— Jack Harmelin, Licensed Master of Social Work in Philadelphia, PA