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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My experience with my own gender identity has influenced my ability to align with my client's narrative with their gender experience both in identity and expression. I have sat with many people who identify outside of the cisgender binary and understand that their experience with their gender is just as valid and deserves recognition and visibility. I am able to comprehend and provide authentic positive regard for the spectrum of experiences within the concept of gender.

— Shawn Lasker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

Gender exists on a spectrum, and I believe there are as many genders are there are people. I work with you to understand and validate who you are outside of gender, and from there figure out what pieces of the gender you've been assigned (if any) feel worth holding onto and which match, and where else gender can provide clues to how we can express ourselves most fully and authentically

— Natalie Epstein, Therapist
 

The Artful Healing Center provides gender affirming therapy for transgender, gender creative, and non-binary youth, adults, family members and partners. We provide individual and family therapy. We operate from an informed consent framework and support clients in affirming their identity and expressing their authentic selves. Clinicians at The Artful Healing Center are trained in writing letters of support for gender-affirming medical interventions.

— Emily Skelton, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Newhall, CA

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
 

It is an honor to provide support to transgender clients and their families. The process of overcoming barriers to Gender Affirming healthcare (surgery, hormone blockers, hormone replacement therapy) is daunting and it can be helpful to have me as a supportive advocate in this process. I also enjoy working with people of all ages who are questioning their gender identity and want someone to process this with.

— Logan Druckman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

Relabel this category as "Gender Dysphoria" instead as I believe that gender identity is inherently not a 'problem.' Gender binaries and societal expectations for gendered people is the problem. I offer gender affirming treatment through counseling, occasional group work, and offering referral evaluations for those seeking affirming medical care/surgery/hormones.

— addyson Psy.D., Psychologist in Providence, RI
 

As a queer fat femme, I anchor a healing space that celebrates the fabulousness and fulness of your gender. I hold a healing space where trans and nonbinary folx can enter into your healing work without having to explain yourself or make yourself smaller. I also support folx to access medical transition like surgeries with low-barrier, single session gender affirming consults.

— horizon greene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

I have experience helping clients to navigate their gender identity, with a focus on Non-binary and Gender Non-conforming identities.

— Stephen Kendall, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,
 

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

My experience with my own gender identity has influenced my ability to align with my client's narrative with their gender experience both in identity and expression. I have sat with many people who identify outside of the cisgender binary and understand that their experience with their gender is just as valid and deserves recognition and visibility. I am able to comprehend and provide authentic positive regard for the spectrum of experiences within the concept of gender.

— Shawn Lasker, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA
 

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

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, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual and non-monogamy. Therapy is a safe place for clients to explore gender with an open and curious mind.

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

I have ten years experience helping clients navigate the decision process, and the resulting experiences of transitioning.

— Carol Lennox, Counselor in Austin, TX

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
 

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

As someone who has grappled with and accepted their own gender identity, including choosing to medically transition, I have personal experience that aids in my expertise. I approach gender exploration with curiosity, openness, and non-judgment. I am here to help you understand yourself through compassionate listening and asking questions. Alternatively, perhaps you already have a solid understanding of your gender, but simply prefer to work with a therapist who has experience with trans clients.

— Zem Chance, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Eugene, OR
 

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

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
 

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