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

Although I have had transgender friends since college, I first had training on working with transgender clients in 2003 while in graduate school. Since then, I have enjoyed helping support transgender and non-binary clients to find the tools they need to live more freely and cope with the issues that arise for all humans as well as the issues unique to the trans community.

— Jo Eckler, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX
 

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

I have been specializing in supporting clients with gender identity exploration for over eight years. I have extensive experience providing assessments and referral letters for gender affirming medical care. I am knowledgeable and affirming of all trans and non-binary identities. I also know how to simply acknowledge gender as part of your identity and experience in the world and move beyond it to focus on other areas of concern or interest.

— Colin Wolf, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Stepping into your whole sense of self can be shocking, overwhelming, joyous, complicated. I will support your deepened sense of authentic self and your work toward safety, health, and respect in your relationships. I can provide letters of support for clients seeking medical interventions.

— Leah Gregory, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I have extensive research and training in understanding the unique needs of trans, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and genderqueer populations, as well as the LGBTQQIA community.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX
 

I have been working with queer, LGBTQ and trans-identified populations in NYC since 2006.

— Katie Peterson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Gender identity is a very personal thing that our society has attempted to define for us. In providing gender counseling, I'm here to help you be exactly who you are - not who others tell you you "should" be. For those seeking medical intervention, I have WPATH training in supporting individuals in this process and providing assessment for HRT and Gender Affirming surgeries.

— D Seright, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Rochester, NY
 

I have navigated the journey of gender with each of my children, and helped many parents navigate this journey with their children. I can help you too!

— Lisa Wittorff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I am trans and committed to working in my communities. Yes, I can write letters for gender affirming health care. And I know that trans and gender affirming therapy is about so much more and different for all of us. I want to stay grounded in your experience, your story, your life, your identity, and your family, culture, and communities.

— Colette Gordon, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I have worked with transgender clients almost exclusively in my private practice. I am an affirming clinician. I believe my clients when they tell me they are transgender, non-binary or genderqueer. I attend national conferences each year such as Gender Odyssey and The Philadelphia Trans Wellness conference to increase my education and trans awareness so that I can best help my clients be their true selves. I am a member of WPATH in the process of certification in their education initiative program. I follow WPATH standards of care version 7 and I am looking forward to the new version 8. I also support informed consent for my clients at every step of the way. I have extensive experience writing hormone and surgery letters to support my clients and am a part of the advocacy and ally communities.

— Katie Leikam, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA
 

Gender identity is one of my research areas. I have experience working with gender expansive clients and writing letters for hormonal and surgical interventions.

— Dr. Christina McGrath Fair, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Stuart, FL
 

Our gender identity is core to who we are. Questioning our gender and making the decision to transition is challenging. You and I will start with your feelings and go from there. I can help you develop the skills and tools to cope with anxiety and dysphoria. We'll look at your world and see how you see yourself fitting in it. My internship was at the Gender Identity Center and it was there that I witnessed the power of people who are able to live as their authentic selves.

— Melody Jones, Associate Professional Counselor in Centennial, 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
 

I treat transgender and gender nonconforming clients in adherence to the standards of care set by The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). I also use the Informed Consent for Access to Trans Health (ICATH) model where appropriate. I have written over 100 letters for gender-affirming medical procedures. I also work with transgender children and adolescents and their families.

— Lilyan Moore, Counselor in Portland, OR

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
 

My practice is a space for transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people to navigate gender affirmation journeys and/or to receive support, empathy, and guidance. Since we LGBTQ2IA people have a whole array of other things going on besides our sexual orientations and our genders, my scope extends beyond these issues as well.

— Renee Randazzo, Counselor in Austin, TX

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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Southington, CT
 

My area of expertise and training is working with gender outlaws, outsiders, rebels, and pioneers. Wherever you are in our gender journey, and whatever space you take up on the gender spectrum I am here to support you. My approach is ICATH informed, I provide letters for pay-what-you-can without requiring ongoing treatment, and I also provide resources for ICATH providers as part of my complimentary 30 minute consultations.

— Kian Leggett, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Tacoma, WA

Our gender identity is core to who we are. Questioning our gender and making the decision to transition is challenging. You and I will start with your feelings and go from there. I can help you develop the skills and tools to cope with anxiety and dysphoria. We'll look at your world and see how you see yourself fitting in it. My internship was at the Gender Identity Center and it was there that I witnessed the healing of people when they live as their authentic selves.

— Melody Jones, Associate Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO