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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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

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
 

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

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

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 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 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 worked with individuals ranging in age for 16 to 81, in all stages of gender identity issues from feeling confused about their gender identity through a complete transition. I do not believe gender is binary. If you need a therapist well trained and experienced in this issue to explore further, I am the right fit for you.

— Maria Carrington, Therapist in Lakewood, WA

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
 

Trans-issues have been a central focus of my personal studies since leaving school. I attend any workshop/conference/presentation that I can to further my education on transgender and gender non-binary/gender non-conforming issues. I have also committed myself to continue to study how the binary system serves to perpetuate misogyny and cis-privilege.

— Alejandro Rodriguez, Mental Health Counselor in Lake Mary, FL
 

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

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 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

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

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 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
 

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 am a Board Certified Transgender Care Therapist. Some of the work I provide to my clients are processing current feelings related to gender identity, navigating the complexities of stressors that may come along their journey, and assist in connecting to safe and reliable community resources. As a Board Certified Transgender Care Therapist I am familiar with assisting individuals in completing required documentation for documenting medical necessity of needed medical treatment.

— Christina Wohleber, Psychologist in King of Prussia, PA
 

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

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
 

Do you ever find yourself living in confusion where it’s hard just to think clearly much less make good decisions? Do you see others living in drama and are confused by what that means? Do you find yourself seeking drama in the hopes of reducing your pain? Ever known anyone who could make productive decisions when they’re confused? Neither have I. If you’re ready to eliminate the confusion in your mind and life, give me call. I can help you find certainty and peace in your authentic self.

— Rice Pierce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Phoenix, AZ