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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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 American Canyon, CA

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 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 am a WPATH member and I have been working with transgender, gender diverse, and gender non-conforming individuals, along with family members and significant others since 2014. I offer support for individuals as they examine their personal identity, and I assist them in moving forward in life, however they determine that to be. I actively attend conferences and trainings to continue on-going education and expand my knowledge base.

— Amy Emery (not currently accepting new clients), Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CT

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

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

I have professional experience serving and advocating for the trans community. As a queer cis woman, I am a proud trans ally. My therapeutic approach is rooted in helping you to better get in touch with your own wisdom, intuition and boundaries to help you find and accept your identity. Whether you are queer or straight, cis or trans, I help my clients creatively and curiously explore their gender and sexual orientation with confidence, support, and non-judgement.

— Kayla Freeman, Social Worker in Austin, TX

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

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 southfield, MI

I conduct evaluations for recommendations letters related to gender affirming medical care (single letter or second “doctoral” letter) based on a informed consent model. Letters cover all areas required by insurance, physicians, and the WPATH international care guidelines. Talk therapy is based on client goals and often includes exploring how the person understands their gender, wants to present privately and publicly, coming out to family and friends, and managing safety and minority stress.

— Todd Koser, Psychologist in CHERRY HILL, NJ

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

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

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

Gender and sexuality define who we are, the way we love, and how we connect with others. Diverse and, therefore, controversial, our gender and our sexuality are too often handled without acknowledgment of the power they hold. I work with marginalized identifies, including but not limited transgender, non-binary, intersexed, gay, lesbian, bisexual and non-monogamy. ,The focus of therapy on the client's self defined needs, along with specialized services of Hormone Replacement Therapy support and

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

Whether you are cis, trans or still exploring—gender, and our feelings about it, can be tricky! There are so many cultural, familial, and personal histories to unpack that can impact how we feel about our identity. I provide a curious, creative and non-judgmental space for you to think expansively about gender and try on different identities as you embark on self exploration. My goal is to help you better tune in to your intuition and boundaries and live a more authentic, fulfilling life.

— Kayla Freeman, Social Worker in Austin, TX

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

I specialize in working with people who identify as trans and/or gender non-conforming or non-binary. My clinical work was featured in a NY Times Magazine article in June of 2019 titled "The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary." I speak about non-binary sexuality at conferences and work with patients exploring their gender identity to navigate the societal challenges that come with being outside of cis world views.

— Jan Tate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mebane, NC

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