Ishmaella BrutusMental Health Counselor, MHC-LP
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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.
In order to serve clients with a broad range of diagnoses, I provide therapeutic interventions tailored to each individual case. Whether you are a couple looking to improve your relationship, or an individual hoping to gain insight and coping skills, your goals can be addressed.
My clients have often struggled to work well with therapists who don't understand who they are, who they love, and how they live their lives. I work with queer, trans, gender non-conforming, kinky, ethically non-monogamous individuals who want to get to work in therapy, not spend sessions educating their therapist about their identities or being questioned about their choices.
Many of us feel disconnected, carry burdens from past traumas, and struggle to balance caring for ourselves with having a fulfilling life. My approach will help you respond to intense emotions and memories with more curiosity and speak to the parts of you that feel self-critical, alienated, and alone in a more compassionate and nurturing voice. We will explore your unmet needs and help you express yourself with more vulnerability, confidence, and authenticity.