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

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

I have experience working with individuals that do not align with their sex assignment given at birth. In addition, I have experience with comorbid disorders often experienced with gender identity issues.

— Jacqueline Maple, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Melbourne, FL

Figuring out who we are in a world that prescribes to a cis-gendered, heteronormative presentation is incredibly difficult, painful and dare I say traumatic. My goal is to help human beings create an identity, body image and life that reflects the internal feelings we may hold. Wether it's gender transitioning, gender identity, sexual identity or overall identity, it all comes down to having the support, the skills and resources to make these difficult life choices.

— Em Reim Ifrach, Art Therapist in Watertown, CT

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

Gender is fluid for some and more set for others. It is more than how we present to others but how we feel in ourselves. It is often complicated and honoring who we are with the challenges to confirm to the binary can be complicated yet there is no greater feeling than living in our truth.

— Lindsey Cooper, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

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

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

A number of my clientele have been those struggling with gender identity issues as is inherent in the facility that I practice. I believe that Gender-affirming treatment is an important way of working with all clients at any level of care.

— Men Chun Wong, Clinical Trainee in San Mateo, CA

I specialize in working with families, teens, and young adults who are transgender or exploring their gender identity.

— Kimberly Vered Shashoua, Counselor in ,

I am supportive of all gender identities, providing psychoeducation when needed, helping to process experiences, and work towards acceptance.

— Tristan Martin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Manlius, NY

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

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 Denver, CO

Much of my practice has provided services to folks who are exploring their gender identities. Some folks present with a goal of wanting to gain a better understanding of their gender role. And many folks present with a goal of wishing to socially or medically transition. I offer mental health counseling to folks looking to explore their gender; as well as, one-time-assessment sessions to folks who are in need of a medical intervention letter.

— Kassondra Wilson, Mental Health Counselor in Tacoma, WA

For 6 years, I was employed by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as a member of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development mental health team, and also in the HIV program. My role focused on providing affirming care for young transfeminine POC, as well as non-binary folks. I am a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). My practice is trans-affirming, queer-affirming, and sex-positive.

— Jennifer Collins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA

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.

— L Dean "D" Seright, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I have worked extensively with clients exploring gender identity and gender expression, across the lifespan. The bulk of my work has been done with clients between the ages of 18 and 35, of all gender identities. I have helped guide clients through the process of social transition, getting access to HRT and receiving gender affirming surgeries. I have been a lifelong advocate for the Trans* and GNC community and have offered pro bono group counseling to over 50 people exploring their gender.

— Letecia Garcia, Psychotherapist in Philadelphia, PA

I have an explicitly trans affirming approach and have worked for many years with trans, non-binary and gender awesome folks. I offer low-barrier, single session gender affirming consults for folks seeking support letters for surgeries. My values align with the Informed Consent for Access to Trans Health (ICATH) model of care, and I am well versed in the WPATH Standards of Care so that I can write effective letters that meet insurance requirements.

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

As a trans/non-binary therapist, it is important to me to provide an open and non-judgmental space where people can explore and experience their gender. I also use my training as a body-based therapist to support the integration of gender identity into the movement and physical expression that feels natural and right for each individual I work with. I believe it's possible to access gender euphoria through exploring new ways of being in our bodies.

— Avi Vodnoy Wolf, Licensed Professional Counselor in CHICAGO, IL

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 Southington, CT

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

Coming out to self, others, transitioning.

— Jeni Yarbrough, Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

A large proportion of my clients identify as trans, non-binary, or somewhere else on the gender spectrum (other than cisgender). I have done professional training and have published writing about providing supportive and gender-affirming mental health services, and I am committed to continuing my own education and development in this area. I identify as a cisgender ally, and I feel strongly that I can and should provide a strong voice as an advocate in the field and in my community.

— Lauren Grousd, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portland, ME

While I am cisgender, I have worked with the trans community and gender identity since 2007. In graduate school my work focused on the need for better treatment for people who identified as trans. I worked in an inpatient treatment center for LGBTQ individuals with addiction and mental illness. I have worked with many individuals, as young as 14, who come into counseling exploring gender identity. I have written letters using WPATH guidelines for those who are seeking gender-affirming surgery.

— Lisa Ritter, Counselor in Beaverton, OR

I don't assume that my lived experience makes me an expert on trans and gender issues. That's why I have pursued ongoing supervision and consultation from other respected trans-identified therapists, and attended gender wellness conferences and other trainings since before I began to work with gender diverse clients. Whether you (or your child) are starting to question your identity, need surgery letters, or are somewhere in between, I'm here to support you at the pace that feels right to you.

— Adrien Leacy, Clinical Social Worker in Ellicott City, MD

Specialty in supporting youth and families related to gender questions, support and transition.

— Lisa Dube, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Newburyport, MA

I gently support clients at all stages of exploring and affirming gender identity in a no judgment zone. I have worked with members of the LGBTQ community since beginning my practice and continue to attend (and conduct) trainings and expand my knowledge. I am the author of "A Clinician's Guide to Gender Identity and Body Image." I also provide parent support and guidance in parenting LGBTQ teens.

— Heidi Dalzell, Clinical Psychologist in Newtown, PA

Gender identity is a life long exporation of self and presentation. i have been honored to support and assist individuals embarking on this adventure to revealing their true self to the world.

— Alexis Plastow, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY

I learned of gender identity later in life, and continue to make a concerted effort to learn about the universe of gender identity and serve as an ally. We are crafted with striking diversity, and that's cause for celebration, not separation. The progress that has been made in acknowledging and accommodating diversity has led to a harsh backlash from certain quarters, and we need to form community and march together to that new day. This is definitely an area where the clients teach me while I support them. My first question when I meet you is, "What is your current gender identity, and which are your preferred pronouns?" I have worked with transgender adolescents to embrace their identity, as well as providing family support and education. I have faced family resistance, but by drawing on their love for their family member and respecting their process, progress can me made, often more than is expected. I have thoroughly studied WPATH standards, and presented on gender identity.

— Cindy Noland, Counselor in Austin, TX

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