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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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

Gender is a complex, powerful, and deeply personal yet often public axis of identity. I am here to help you sort through your relationship to /gender/, whatever that may mean for you. In addition to the opportunity to explore all things gender, I provide assessment and preparatory counseling for those seeking gender-affirming medical care.

— Brooke Ferragamo, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Our clinicians honor and want to support you in all parts of your gender journey. Whether you are at the beginning of your gender exploration, or wanting support through gender affirming surgical procedures.

— TheraBee LLC, Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI

I am non-binary and GNC and work with clients with all gender identities. Be it exploring transitioning, working through relationship changes related to gender, or simply diversifying your understanding of yourself and your gender identities, my office is a space for exploration and experimentation.

— Laurie Ebbe-Wheeler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I offer letters of support for gender affirming surgery. Schedule a free consultation with me by looking at my calendar on to get the process started.

— Saren Craig, Licensed Professional Counselor in , OR

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

I can provide WPATH letters which are letters of readiness for gender affirmation surgery. With specialized training and experience in gender diversity, I can help individuals work through their gender dysphoria and transition.

— Lindsay Laufer, LCSW, CCTP, Therapist in Charlotte, NC

Navigating my own gender identity I have personal experience in living in a body that doesn't always feel like me. I write gender affirming letters, help folks navigate the discussions of dysphoria, and navigating the complex emotions that go with this exploration

— Bethany Thomas, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis 55418, MN

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 have been providing Gender Affirming Care for 10 years now. I work with both adolescents and adults in exploring gender identity and support through both medical and social transitioning.

— Becky McGinnis, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Diego, CA

My expertise and training is working with gender and sexuality, which is often to say working through issues in expression and understanding. I offer space to further explore and understand gender, or otherwise affirmation and understanding. We go at your pace.

— Jack Harmelin, Licensed Master of Social Work in Philadelphia, PA

I am genderqueer and have worked with many stripes of gender-expansive identities, both in private practice as well as with the community organization Queer Asterisk.

— Grace Ballard, Sex Therapist in New York, NY

I have worked with clients from exploring gender identity, exploring gender expressions, and navigating the world when they don't recognize you for who you are.

— Tricia Osterberger, Counselor in Weaverville, NC

“Being trans means I made myself and the world didn’t make me. I defy some of the most powerful cultural institutions in the world.” I partner with folks in understanding, accepting, expressing, and asserting their gender. I see gender as an infinite spectrum, and gender alignment/transition as a nonlinear process unique to each person. Let's cultivate trans joy.

— Aerin Riegelsberger, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

In addition to lived experience, I have completed a Masters level Clinical Internship at the Gender Identity Center in 2018. Since then I have been providing gender affirming mental health care in a variety of settings such as inpatient mental health for teens and adults as well as clinics that provide play therapy to children. Additionally, I provide education for behavioral health providers to bring cultural relevance into provider practice and to create affirming and inclusive environments.

— Tyler Woody, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO

At any given time about 1/3 of my caseload are trans or gender diverse individuals. I have worked with several people from exploring their gender identity all the way to pursuing transition services.

— Andrew Bentley, Clinical Social Worker in Oklahoma City, OK

As someone who is Non-binary, I GET how difficult it can be to fall outside society’s binary expectations. The oppression and microaggressions experienced within the community create barriers to finding support that provides a sense of safety. As a graduate student, I recognized the community's lack of support, which led me to create a free clinic for Gender Non-conforming individuals. I aim to provide a supportive, safe place to explore your identity and live authentically.

— Brianna Hollestelle, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Parker, CO

I am dedicated to creating a safe space for my clients to explore gender identity, including the intersecting identities that influence gender. I come to therapy with an open mind and a space in which you can express your ideas without being afraid of judgement.

— Osvaldo Alcaraz, Mental Health Counselor in Northbrook, IL

During sessions I: -Help people explore what gender means to them and how to untangle toxic gender messages around them ​-Guide people through logistical and emotional journeys of gender transition or other kinds of self-actualization ​-Take time and space to celebrate moments of gender euphoria, milestones of healing, and experiences of joy!

— Renee Randazzo, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I can provide WPATH letters which are letters of readiness for gender affirmation surgery. With specialized training and experience in gender diversity, I can help individuals work through their gender dysphoria and transition. I help my clients love themselves more fully and

— Lindsay Laufer, LCSW, CCTP, Therapist in Charlotte, NC