Bobbi BallardPsychologist, Ph.D. clinical psychology
I'm a licensed Psychologist working with creative adults & teens dealing with depression, anxiety, & burnout. All online. OCD/phobia expert.
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.
Being human is often tough. Sometimes we lose our way and can feel stuck and overwhelmed. Sometimes we would like to change parts of our lives or ourselves but don’t know how. Therapy can be an empowering way to promote healing, growth, and wellness. Often, we initially seek treatment to address a specific concern and then begin to uncover other areas of our lives in which we want to make meaningful change. My goal is for this process to feel supportive, affirming, and appropriately challenging.
I love working with adolescents, young adults, and adults who are in periods of transition or adjustment. This could mean school, college, job, life, identity, or value adjustments. I strive to be inclusive, supportive, affirming, and curious about ideas, beliefs, and values. Most of my clients identify as queer and have complicated relationships with themselves, their families and personal histories, aspects of their identifies, and a deep desire for wholeness and authenticity.
My clients include youth and adults who are seeking relief from the residual hurt and confusion of traumatic experiences, navigating ways to safely be themselves in an oppressive world, or working to support those they love in doing the same. While I specialize in the treatment of trauma and in supporting those navigating systemic inequalities, I welcome all who want to increase their peace of mind, move forward in new ways, or connect with and nurture their most authentic self.