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
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.
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 completed my clinical internship (2009) at the Sexual (and Gender) Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) where I provided therapeutic services to LGBTQ folks. I follow the standards set forth by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. I have experience doing stand-alone assessments and writing letters for gender-confirming surgeries.
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 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.
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 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 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.