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 healing of people when they live as their authentic selves.

— Melody Jones, Associate Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO
 

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

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 have specialized training and years of experience providing affirming and informed psychotherapy to people seeking support with their gender identity and/or gender transition, including those who identify as transgender, and those who identify as non-binary, or gender expansive. I am familiar with the WPATH Standards of Care model as well as the Informed Consent model and use these interchangeably.

— Caitlyn Dunham, Clinical Social Worker in Auburn, MA

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
 

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 am a member of the the American Psychological Association Division 44 – Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. I have attended and continue to attend trainings relating to the provision of gender-affirming therapy and assessment and participate in a peer consultation group with several colleagues who have expertise in working with the TGNC+ community. I work with folx age 8 and up, as well as couples, and families.

— Brittany Bate, Psychologist in Cary, NC
 

As a nonbinary human, I have lived experience in what it is like to live outside of the box of expectations set up for you at birth. I have 2.5 years of experience working with trans and nonbinary folks ranging from just beginning to explore to writing letters for gender confirming surgery to navigating life in your new and improved body and expression. While it's difficult to not be cisgender in this world, it's also beautiful and something to be celebrated. Here's to gender euphoria!

— Emily Graham, Therapist in Denver, 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 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 West Melbourne, FL

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 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

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
 

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

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
 

I have honed my specialty in Gender Identity through specialized training in gender identity, clinical experience, and leading support groups with the trans* community. I keep up-to-date on my knowledge by attending the National Transgender Health Summit, sponsored by UCSF, every 2 years. I have a particular interest in working with genderqueer, gender non-binary, and gender expansive clients.

— Lindsey Brooks, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

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
 

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
 

Gender and sexual identity is a major part of who we are and how we present ourselves to the world. Issues of identity can make navigating our world confusing and scary. Together you and I can build confidence to allow you to be the person you want to be or know you currently are.

— Marie Stancovich, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Eldersburg, MD

Ongoing training and membership in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

— Justin Hampton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Louis, MO
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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, Therapist in Chicago, IL