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.

Meet the specialists

I welcome all gender identities and those looking to explore, accept or understand feelings related to gender identity.

— Meghan Cleveland, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

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

Helping folks be who they are. Medical letter writing for gender affirming surgery, specialized couples support for couples with gender questioning, coming out, and transition events. Cisgender Spouses Group for supportive spouses of transgender partners. Couples group both beginners, and advanced ongoing drop in for Spouses Group members/partners. My family and friends are of the LGBTQ rainbow. Effective research based Gottman Method couples counseling when needed.

— Shannon Batts, Licensed Professional Counselor

This has been the main focus of my work since I started doing private practice in 2014. I very much enjoy working with people to discern their identity or what transition steps might feel important for them. I affirm all gender identities and believe that gender is self-defined. I write referral letters for hormones and surgeries and lead a therapy group for transgender adults. I consider it a privilege to provide assistance to people seeking to express their authentic selves.

— Joanna Morse, Psychologist in Louisville, KY

For several years I have been involved in the transgender community and helping families find resources for their transgender loved ones. Whether you are transgender, non-binary or questioning, I create a safe and informed space for you to navigate gender identity or non-related struggles. I also support family and friends of transgender people in navigating supporting loved ones in their own transitions.

— Stephanie Boulton, Counselor in Longmont, CO

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 Newport, KY

Having grown up not feeling quite all female, but not quite all male, I understand what dysphoria can be like as well as uncertainty in who you are. It doesn't need to be scary and lonely--whether you're the parent of a transgender, Nonbinary, or gender questioning child or you're the one wanting to identify your gender or transition.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Trans-affirming and experienced in helping clients explore their gender identity, writing letters in accordance with WPATH standards and collaborating with trans-affirming physicians

— Amanda Earle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Pressure to conform to social norms can be overwhelming and interfere with living. A person cannot possibly be living their best life if they are detached from their authentic self or feel trapped by traditional gender norms . I have worked with people who identify all along the gender spectrum from curious and questioning to fully transitioned. Supporting and helping them find their authenticity is one of the most rewarding parts of my professional work.

— Jeanine Moreland, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

When looking for a therapist for myself I realized just how hard it is to find therapists that are able to show up for trans and non-binary clients in the ways we need. This is when I decided to go to school and become the therapist I was reaching dead ends looking for.

— Birch Snogles, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in okemos, MI

As a non-binary person, I understand the confusion and complication around gender in today's society. Being a non-binary therapist and exploring my own gender and learning the system, I can be here to help you learn your own gender, as well as all the confusing and different terms that are available to us when learning about our own identity.

— Chase Tucker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO

While I am cisgender, I have worked with the trans community and gender identity since 2007. In graduate school my work focused on the need for better treatment for people who identified as trans. I worked in an inpatient treatment center for LGBTQ individuals with addiction and mental illness. I have worked with many individuals, as young as 14, who come into counseling exploring gender identity. I have written letters using WPATH guidelines for those who are seeking gender-affirming surgery.

— Lisa Ritter, Counselor in Beaverton, OR

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

I am a member of the the American Psychological Association Division 44 – Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. I have attended and continue to attend trainings relating to the provision of gender-affirming therapy and assessment and participate in a peer consultation group with several colleagues who have expertise in working with the TGNC+ community. I work with folx age 8 and up, as well as couples, and families.

— Brittany Bate, Psychologist in , NC

I work to help you create a positive gender identity, whether you are questioning this identity, or gaining self-esteem and community, I have been working with and supporting positive gender identity throughout my time as a marriage and family therapist. I have attended many continued education courses in this field and this was also my focus of study throughout my schooling. I will continue to work to learn more in order to best serve you in your gender identity journey.

— Lindsay Callahan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, 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

Having grown up not feeling quite all female, but not quite all male, I understand what dysphoria can be like as well as uncertainty in who you are. In fact, I'm still on my own gender journey! I do know, that it doesn't need to be scary and lonely--whether you're the parent of a transgender, Nonbinary, or gender questioning child or you're the one wanting to identify your gender or transition.

— Katy Niles, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I work with TGNC folks around exploration of gender identity and expression, navigating the transition process, interpersonal challenges and discrimination, building community, docs for gender-affirming medical care and accessing supportive resources. Systemic oppression has caused people to believe that their internal conflict around their gender represents something deeply wrong with them, and it is my job to support folks to heal from these messages to embrace their inherent value.

— Allison Berwald, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am married to a post-transition trans man whom I regularly accompany to to trans conferences, meetings, and events. I also have professional experience providing individual, couple, family, and group services to trans individuals and their families, both binary and non-binary. I have experience writing letters for gender affirming hormone therapy and surgery.

— Margaret Keig, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orlando, FL