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.

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emily bilbao (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Kelsey Miller (they/them)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, QMHC

I am a trans, non-binary person with experience advocating for the needs of transgender people. I have also had training in working with gender and writing letters to access gender-affirming surgery.

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horizon greene (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LICSW

As a queer fat femme, I anchor a healing space that celebrates the fabulousness and fulness of your gender. I hold a healing space where trans and nonbinary folx can enter into your healing work without having to explain yourself or make yourself smaller. I do also support folx to access medical transition like surgeries with low-barrier, single session gender affirming consults.

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Morgan Fitz Gibbon (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

OR #T1128

I have been working with clients with Gender Dysphoria for a decade. 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.

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Jaxon Shaffer, M.A. (they/them)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA

Gender identity and gender exploration is the main focus of my work. I have experience working with children, teens and adults who are questioning their gender, going through gender transitioning, or just needing a safe space to discuss life as a gender non-conforming person. I have received academic training on working with gender non-conforming folks as well as my personal life experience.

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Dasia Star (she/they)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

As a nonbinary therapist, supporting folx in exploring their gender identity is some of the most rewarding work that I do. I want you to feel empowered to show up as your whole self, regardless of the context. Let's work together to unpack the blocks to expressing yourself more fully. For NB, trans, and gender fluid folx seeking gender affirming surgery, I am happy to offer you a letter writing session. Gender affirming care should be a human right.

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Alexa Adams (she/her/hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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.

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Jennifer Rocks, MA, MS, PsyD (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

MA, MS, PsyD

“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.

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Dr. Chandra Mundon (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

Psy.D.

I have extensive experience providing gender affirming care for transgender and gender diverse individuals. This includes supportive therapy for children, adolescents, and adults who are in the early stages of exploring/questioning their gender identity, as well as assessment and letter-writing for clients pursuing hormones and/or surgery

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Quinn Rivenburgh (they/them)

Art Therapist

MAAT, ATR-BC, LAT, LPCC

Every person deserves to live a life in their most congruent gender. I support folks in exploring their lived experience of gender, finding where misalignment occurs, and getting creative about realizing gender euphoria. We will explore any necessary transition steps, including social and medical transition. ▵ Our medical system currently creates many barriers to gender-affirming care. My aim is to mitigate these barriers and pave the way for access to care.

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Jen Yerty (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

I specialize in LGBTQ populations, including trans, non gender-conforming, and poly populations. I consider it an honor to be trusted by so many in this community. I have specialized training in working with LGBTQ populations, especially trans, and continue to update my training.

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Tiran Sahar (they/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

Professional Counselor Associate

I am trained in LGBTQIA+ related concerns, and have been educated by past experiences working as a trans counselor with gender diverse clients and supervisors.

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Leslie Yeargers (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Being transgender or non-binary presents a unique set of personal and social challenges. Simply stated, our society has not caught up with what it means to identify as a gender other than the one you were assigned at birth. As part of the Brave Space community, I offer counseling and medical referrals to transgender individuals who need support and affirmation to live authentically in the world.

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Amelia Mackle MSEd LPC RYT

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have experience working with teens and young adults in exploring gender identity. I also provide readiness evaluations for those seeking medical transitions.

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Sam Skye (he/him)

Licensed Art Therapist

ATR, LAT, LPC

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.

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Nicole Kammerlocher (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

As a queer person, it is important to me to create space in my practice to serve my community. Gender is a unique and complicated space, and no two people's process around their gender identity will look the same. Throughout my training, I have focused on working to apply what I have learned to help people navigate gender.

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Connective Therapy Collective

Licensed Professional Counselor

LMFT, LCSW, LMFTI, CSWA, QMHA

Gender expansive work, honoring all identities including trans folks, non-binary, gender non-conforming.

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Stacy Sheffler (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Navigating our gender identity can be layered with confusion, influenced thoughts or feelings from society, parents, or ourselves. Therapy can aid in navigating to understanding your gender identity to feel more at ease and comfortable while you become the self you want to be.

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Molz Wirtz-Wold (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LMHC, LPC

Most of my clients are transgender and/or non-binary. I have taught masters level classes for other therapists on how to support clients around gender, and helping people explore their own gender identity is one of my favorite parts of being a therapist.

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Larissa Kaul

Somatic Practitioner

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

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Brittany Kleinschnitz (they/them)

Clinical Social Work Associate

CSWA, PPSC

As a queer non-binary therapist I have first hand, lived experience with gender issues.

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Sylas Veit (he/they)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy

Whether you're exploring your gender identity for the first time, need support coming out, or looking for referrals for gender affirming medical care, I can help! My practice focuses on queer, trans and non-binary people, including kids. I'm competent at helping clients with sexual and relational concerns (including non-monogamy, kink and BDSM) as well as gender identity and expression. I am a non-binary gender therapist with lived experience and interest in unique identities.

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Hunter Vaughn (He/Him)

Clinical Psychologist

PsyD

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.

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Katya Stark (She/They)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

I provide affirming space to explore sexuality and gender identity and to process how that may be implicated in relationships with family, friends, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. I enjoy working with genderqueer, non-binary, gender-fluid, and gender-nonconforming folks and provide letters to support gender-affirming related care access.

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Joe Doherty

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Ajay Dheer (He/They)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

My desire to work with gender identity was a critical component to my inspiration in becoming a sex therapist. I am passionate about delivering gender affirming care at all stages of exploration and/or transition.

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Colette Gordon (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I bring my own experience of being trans and want to be here for your experience of gender: your story, your life, your identity, and your family, culture, and communities. And I'm here to write letters to help with accessing medical care too.

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Maria Bonacci (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I am a queer, genderqueer person. I have worked in various roles alongside trans and non-binary people to provide therapy, advocacy, and documentation/letters for surgery.

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Beth Ann AKA BA Short LCAT, ATR-BC (they/them)

Art Therapist

LCAT

Gender expression is a passion of mine. I have been honored to work with individuals on their journey in living their truth and feeling safe to do so. I also support parents looking for resources while they may have a child transitioning. I also worked on a project with 29 brave individuals honoring their journey in gender expression. http://bethannshort.com/gendersummit.html

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Erin Gallagher (She /He /They)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

I work with families and individuals to explore the gender spectrum in support of exploration with who we are as unique human beings and how to navigate systems: society's idea of who we are (binary polarities) and other essential areas. Stepping into who you are and living (safely) from that place, is sometimes a delicate balance - and, in my eyes, essential to being home in ourselves.

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Terra Anderson (they/them)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, R-DMT

I've spent years supporting my clients to come more deeply into their true expression. I love working in this space, helping people discover their truth, explore gender expression, come to greater peace within themselves, and navigate transitions.

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Lilyan Smith-Moore, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Maybe that feeling that something doesn't feel right with your gender has been knocking at your brain for awhile? I'm here to help. About 75% of my clients come to me with the primary presenting difficultly of gender dysphoria. I've worked with hundreds of transgender and gender variant people since 2015. I am also qualified to write letters of recommendation for gender-affirming surgeries.

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Colin Wolf (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

Over 10 years of experience working with trans and non-binary clients, providing transition related care and general life support beyond identity. WPATH-informed.

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Misha Drlikova

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

As a queer identified, non-binary person, it is important to me to offer gender affirming therapy to those navigating their gender identity and are exploring their gender. I have experience with working with young adults as well as adults who are questioning their gender, going through gender transition or those who simply need a safe and supportive space to talk about life as a trans, gender non-confirming person. My experience includes academic training as well as my personal experience.

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Sasha Strong (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PhD, LPC

Do you need a letter, or support on your gender journey? You've come to the right place. I identify as nonbinary/genderqueer, and I understand the complexities of gender and transition. I've completed professional training in gender-affirmative care and I have experience working with binary trans, non-binary, agender, and other gender-diverse folks. I often write letters for gender-affirming procedures in a single session, and I offer free or reduced-fee letters for BIPOC folks.

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Kendyl Watts

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am deeply sensitive to the unrelenting challenges faced by those who have been assigned a gender that conflicts with their lived experience. I consider it a privilege to support clients in bridging this conflict to whatever extent they choose, from explorations of identity and experiences through social and medical transitions.

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doozie midyett (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have worked with people who identify as male, female, transgender, gender neutral, non-binary, agender, pangender, genderqueer and all, none or a combination of these. I am open to learning about and exploring identities outside of this list as well.

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Sarah Blaszczak, M.A, LMFT (She, her, hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT T1554

Ideas of gender are forced upon us before we are even born. It is a force than can be incredibly difficult to overcome and to stay attuned to oneself within. It is important to have people and spaces we can explore being ourselves with in a safe and supportive way. Like the definition of gender itself, I help you decide your own path, labels and lack of labels.

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