Gender Identity

Gender Dysphoria is characterized by an inconsistency between the gender a person identifies as and his/her/their physical gender. People with gender dysphoria are typically referred to as transsexual or transgender. Some common signs of a gender dysphoria 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 dysphoria 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 dysphoria by physically modifying their bodies through surgery so that they better match their gender identities. Children and adults with gender dysphoria face an increased risk for depression, anxiety, self-esteem problems, suicidality, bullying and stress. A mental health professional can help with these and other challenging aspects of gender dysphoria.

Local Experts in Gender Identity

Yes, I can write letters for gender affirming health care and strive to advocate for you with other health providers. 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.

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.

I identify as a non-binary or genderqueer individual, and am connected to many different queer and trans communities.

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 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.

Healthcare at the Pearl Health Center is always safe and affirming. Our providers are passionate about advocacy and use a collaborative approach to therapeutic services and community resources.

I identify as nonbinary/genderqueer and I have clinical training and experience in writing letters, supporting people through transition, and running groups. I work with transwomen, transmen, and nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, and other gender non-conforming folks. I have also conducted qualitative research and made professional presentations on nonbinary/genderqueer cultural competency.

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 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.

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.

I am a gender specialist working primarily with transgender, non-binary, and questioning folks looking to explore their gender, access gender congruency measures, and learn skills to respond to the impacts of minority stress.

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”~Lilla Watson. Your story matters. We'll explore your experience and needs collaboratively and compassionately. As a co-conspiritor, I honor your process- YOU are the expert on YOU! WPATH standards of care are used in therapy and letter writing.

I have been working with clients with Gender Dysphoria for the last five years. I have attended several specialized trainings for working with gender identity issues before and during that time. I have experience supporting individuals and families who are navigating the transition process and I'm able to write letters in support of your process as needed.

I seek to hold space for you wherever you are on your journey of exploring your gender identity. I view gender as existing outside of a binary system. Although I hold a cisgender identity, I have made efforts to obtain specialized training to assist trans/nb folks meet their mental health needs, including training in writing letters of support for gender-affirming medical interventions.

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 work to help empower folks of all genders by noticing and uprooting the oppressive stories about gender which society plants in us in order to make room for your own truth about who you are to expand. I have experience with a wide array of gender identities including trans*, gender non-conforming, androgynous, gender fluid, and genderqueer folks.

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 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.

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