Artemis Psychology - Dr. Mallaree BlakePsychologist, PsyD
Courageously own who you are and let your relationships thrive!
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 believe that everyone needs at least one person in their life that "breathes life" into that person. Just as we need air to breathe, we need affirmation, understanding & connection--especially when dealing with our most intimate issues. Before we can bare our souls, we must be able to trust someone. Learning to take that first step is the hardest, but I will be there to journey alongside you teaching you to trust yourself and encourage you to learn new tools to thrive again.
I work with children 4+, teens, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, grief, behavioral issues, low self-esteem, body image, life transitions, gender identity, and sexuality. I utilize affirming counseling practices with all clients, and especially enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and their families.