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

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

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

Beginning to explore your gender identity can be a challenging and frightening prospect. I am passionate about working with members of the trans/non-binary community and continue my education regarding these issues through continuing education classes, reading scholarly documents, and connections with others within the community. Our work together can and will address many issues, however I will never assume that the issues that brought you to therapy are only rooted in your gender identity.

— Chris Paton, Therapist in Seattle, WA

I have attended hundreds of hours of training relating to gender identity and transgender experience. I am a member of 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 Rolf, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Largo, FL
 

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

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.

— Nicole Rennix, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa, CA
 

I provide individual, couple and family therapy for Trans youth and adults. As a Gender therapist, I have specialized training and experience to assist you in better understanding your gender journey and how to navigate emotional, social, medical, relational, academic and occupational issues that may arise related to your gender identity. I am here to empower you to live authentically as your true self!

— Jennifer Rickard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I have had significant training and experience working with adolescents and adults regarding their gender identity. I have assisted individuals and families in understanding gender as separate from sexuality, and have written support letters for both social and medical aspects of transition. Additionally, I have co-created and co-presented multiple trainings for other mental health professionals on providing fully inclusive and affirmative care.

— Kimberly Watts Hoggatt, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX
 

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 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

I work with many trans, genderqueer and non-binary individuals, and am myself a transgender woman.

— Amina Elfiki, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in OAKLAND, CA
 

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

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
 

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
 

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

Coming out to self, others, transitioning.

— Jeni Yarbrough, Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
 

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

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 when they live as their authentic selves.

— Melody Jones, Associate Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO
 

Often clients come to me after having negative experiences in therapy in which they have felt either judged or misunderstood or it’s their first time calling a therapist and they hold a lot of anxiety about the process. I provide a counseling environment where clients feel heard, valued, and truly accepted. I believe that a client’s own unique strengths and insight, along with my guidance, can provide the tools needed to achieve personal goals and help clients BECOME who they want to be.

— Lisa May-Sachs, Clinical Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

Gender care work and the support of trans and non-binary humans is the most deliberate work that I do. I see people across the lifespan and can assist with identity exploration, transition needs, minority stress impacts and overall mental wellness. I can include work with loved ones, if desired.

— Kelly Storck, Counselor in St. Louis, MO
 

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.

— Chelsea Tucker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO