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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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

I have attended hundreds of hours of training relating to gender identity and transgender experience. I am a member of TPATH, WPATH, and USPATH, as well as an active supporter of the informed consent model of care. I am part of a monthly consultation group for gender specialists. I have spoken at both the local and national levels about gender identity.

— Abbie Aldridge, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Largo, FL
 

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, Student Therapist in Chicago, IL

I offer a safe place for those seeking gender affirming care. I have experience supporting transgender clients throughout all phases of their transition journey. I support and educate parents of trans and non-binary youth. I write letters of readiness and support for hormone therapy. I am an active member of the Gender Affirming Care Collaboration with All Children's Hospital in Tampa, FL. My clients are the true experts- I am an ally and an advocate.

— Christine Kotlarski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

At any given time in the four years I have been practicing, about two-thirds of my clients are people who do not identify as cisgender. I have participated in conferences and professional symposia related to this population, including Gender Spectrum and Translife, and regularly communicate and collaborate with other professionals who work with transgender, nonbinary, and intersex people.

— Cole Rennix, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redding, CA

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, Student Therapist in Chicago, IL
 

I have specialized training and have worked with children, adolescents, and adults as they explore their gender, and as they go through social and physical transition. Additionally, I have worked as family therapist with families that are having conflict or concerns around a family member's gender identity. I believe in an affirmative-care only approach to exploration of gender and identity.

— Wade McDonald, Clinical Psychologist in Frisco, TX

I hold experience with the LGBTQ2IA+ community both professionally and personally. In a professional context, this has included support for clients in discovering and affirming their sexualities and gender identities, support through life transitions such as coming out to friends or family, and support working through internalized homophobia or transphobia. I have also attended numerous trainings on sexual and gender identity and have completed several years of academic coursework.

— Bridge Condron, Student Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

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, 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

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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ann arbor, MI
 

As part of the LGBTQIA+ community I have lived experience as a intersex and genderqueer person. I am here to affirm your personhood, help you navigate the complex challenges and unpack your experiences and identity.

— Justine Cuthberton, Addictions Counselor in Portland, OR

People in the Queer and Trans community have a unique way of being in the world. You need a therapist who is part of the LGBTQ community and understands what it’s like to be a nonbinary or queer person. Someone with personal experience living your truth can provide the support you need. You need a therapist who knows that being truthful makes you feel separate from everybody else. Connecting with a therapist who understands can help you embody your most authentic self.

— Rosa Brotherton, Associate Clinical Social Worker in LA, CA
 

Every person's gender identity and journey is uniquely complex and personal. I have spent over a decade studying gender theories and practices and helping people of all walks of life explore what gender means to them. I am a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and follow their best practices.

— Jaxon Shaffer, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beaverton, OR

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
 

I feel gender should be expansive as opposed to restricting. I have interrogated and played with the gender binary on my own personal journey, and in terms of academic training have recently completed the Widener Trans Affirming Care certificate program.

— Erika Barrington, Licensed Professional Counselor

Starting with my internship, I have worked with and treated many transgender and non-binary clients. Everything from giving them resources so they could start hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to writing letters so they could have gender affirming surgery; I've been with clients every step of the way on their journey to becoming their authentic selves.

— Anthony Boyd, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Centerville, OH
 

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 Boulder, CO

I specialize in working with transgender, non-binary, gender fluid, gender queer and agender youth and adults. I provide support to clients, families and partners around transition and gender exploration. I also provide consultation to mental health providers on being a gender affirming therapist.

— Danielle Greenspan, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA
 

My desire to work with gender identity was a critical component to my inspiration in becoming a sex therapist. I am passionate about delivering gender affirming care at all stages of exploration and/or transition.

— Ajay Dheer, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Beaverton, OR