Gender Dysphoria is characterized by an inconsistency between the gender a person identifies as and his or her physical gender. People with gender identity disorder are typically referred to as transsexual or transgender. Some common signs of a gender identity disorder include cross-dressing, a feeling of being in the wrong body and a desire to live as a person of the opposite sex. Additionally, in children, gender identity disorder can manifest itself as feelings of disgust with their own genitals and a certainty that they will grow up to be the opposite sex. Many people treat gender identity disorder by physically modifying their bodies through surgery so that they better match their gender identities. Children and adults with gender identity disorder face an increased risk for depression, anxiety, self-esteem problems, bullying and stress. A mental health professional can help with these and other challenging aspects of gender identity disorder.
Local Experts in Gender Identity
The dominant culture is often abusive of people whose affirmed gender is different than their assigned gender. I can help you clarify your affirmed gender, including being gender fluid and support you in addressing the prejudice directed toward you for not fitting others expectations about gender. I am also training with Brave Space to provide support psychological support in gender transition.
I work with families and individuals to explore the gender spectrum in support of exploration about who we are as human beings and how to navigate schools systems, society\'s idea of who we are and other potentially challenging meetings on this topic.
I have extensive experience working with adolescents and adults experiencing gender dysphoria. I have done many assessments for hormones and surgery and have worked collaboratively with medical professionals to ensure appropriate treatment of those struggling with gender dysphoria.
I continuously increase my knowledge and skills for helping clients address Gender Dysphoria. I'm well versed in the WPATH & the emerging 'Informed Consent' standards of care, as well as associated psycho-social challenges (e.g., social anxiety) experienced by transgender and gender-queer people. I help clients to embrace their identities through coming out, social and medical transition, & more.
As a transgender clinician, I have first-person understanding of the impact a person\'s identity can have on their lives and families. I am a parent, a husband, and an artist. I believe strongly that every person deserves to live healthy and full lives as their authentic selves. I have experience working with transgender and gender non-conforming children, teens, and adults.
Joe has trained and presented widely in the area of gender studies as well as having worked extensively with clients around issues related to gender transitions, including assessment and documentation for medical needs.
I am both personally and professionally involved with Trans community and am well aware of the daily micro-aggressions that occur within our families, at work, and socially. You will not have to provide me with Trans 101 basics. We can start right away with what you are bringing into therapy. I am able to provide letters that many doctors require before beginning HRT and prior to surgeries.
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 may be able to write letters of recommendation for hormones or surgery, depending on the healthcare provider. I also work with transgender children and adolescents and their families.
If you are thinking about transitioning or maybe you are years into your transition, where ever you find yourself today, I'm eager to explore your hopes and fears, so that you can feel more at peace living in your body and in the world. I provide WPATH informed psychotherapy, and have years of training and experience working with transgender and gender non-conforming people in NYC and PDX.