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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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
 

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

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
 

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 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

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
 

More than ever, our culture finds itself confronted with the simple fact that many people’s lived experience, relationships, and sense of self do not match the restrictive gender and sexuality boxes we have required people to live in. Gender non-conforming people are refusing to accept these restrictions any longer. And yet, we have so much farther to go. Discrimination, inequality, microaggressions, and hate crimes still impact so many lives. The threats of violence faced by transgender women of color in particular are staggering and unacceptable. You need a therapist who is not only open and affirming, but well informed. I offer both individual and couples therapy for adults and can provide referrals for gender non-conforming clients needing medical services or changes to documentation. I'm also experienced helping partnered people who are coming out or transitioning work through the process in relationship therapy with partners.

— Kathryn Stinson, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

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
 

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

Gender identity and expression is much more diverse than male and female. In a society that confuses biological sex and gender, and a society that sees gender as binary, individuals who fall outside of societal expectations are pressured to fit in. I provide a safe, welcoming space for clients to have the freedom to explore their true selves without pressure or judgement. I also provide assessments and recommendation letters needed for gender affirming medical treatment.

— Candace Whitman, Counselor in Chicago, IL

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
 

Stepping into your whole self can be overwhelming, joyous, complicated. We can explore your internal world, messages you've been given by society, and work toward your most authentic understanding of yourself. I provide letters of support for clients seeking medical interventions.

— Leah Gregory, Counselor in Portland, OR

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
 

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

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
 

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
 

During graduate school I interned at TransActive Gender Center, providing mental health services for transgender/gender non-binary youth, adolescents, and their families. I continue to provide affirmative care for the community and their families.

— Alexa Adams, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

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

Transitioning your gender can be an overwhelming, confusing, and anxiety-provoking process. I want to make transition easier by addressing common sources of anxiety throughout their transition, asking good questions to help my clients uncover more about their identities, assess their readiness to come out and/or medically transition, and develop coping skills.

— Casey Tanner, Counselor in Chicago, IL
 

I have a transgender spouse so this helps me to know what you might be going through if your body and your brain don't match. I have specific post graduate training to work with transgender clients and their significant others and families. About 75% of my practice is with transgender clients.

— Lori Haas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS

I write letters to support trans people in getting medical interventions that are sorely needed. I also help clients figure out their identities, relationships, and more through depressive and anxious symptoms so that they can lead happier and healthier lives.

— Abigail Weissman, Psychologist in San Diego, CA
 

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

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 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

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

I have experience working with teens and young adults in exploring gender identity. I also provide readiness evaluations for those seeking medical transitions.

— Amelia Mackle, Counselor in Clackamas, OR
 

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