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

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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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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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emily bilbao (she/her)

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

Clinical Psychologist

“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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Paige Matthews

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have direct experience working with gender expansive teens and adults. My work focuses on deconstructing social constructs around gender; exploring gender identity; finding voice and empowerment; and writing assessment letters for gender-affirming health care.

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Beth Ann Short LCAT, ATR-BC

Art Therapist

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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Dmitri Dosamantes

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Sasha Strong (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Do you need a letter, or support on your gender journey? You've come to the right place. I identify as nonbinary/genderqueer, so I understand the complexities of gender and transition. I've completed professional training in gender-affirmative care and I have experience working with trans women, trans men, and nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, and other gender non-conforming folks.

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Elizabeth Price M.A. Counselor

Living outside the gender binary? Wanting a counselor who is informed and embracing of your courageous authenticity? Need to talk with someone who can help you uncover what is right for you and temper the voices that will judge? I offer my care and coaching, so that you may share your stories of your bravery on the frontiers of freedom for all!

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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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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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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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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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Kari Gjerde (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, MA

I have training and experience supporting clients in social, spiritual, and medical transition processes, navigating hormones, surgeries, bureaucratic institutions, and coming out to their friends, coworkers, and family. Whether gender is the primary focus of therapy or not, I respect and honor my clients identity in the process.

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Sylas Veit (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy

Whether you're exploring your gender identity for the first time, need support coming out to friends and/or family, 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 clinician with lived experience and interest in unique identities.

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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 for accessing medical care too.

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Larissa Kaul

Professional Counselor

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

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Erin Gallagher (she/her/they/them)

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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Connective Therapy Collective

Licensed Professional Counselor

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

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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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Leslie Yeargers

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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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Luke Allen (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, PhD, Psychologist Resident

I have extensive training in working with transgender and gender diverse adults, youth, and families. I can provide education, support, preparation, and, if indicated, reports/letters for child and teen gender support, pubertal suppression, hormone therapy, surgery, and safe passage/travel.

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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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Amanda Ball (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, LPC Intern

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.

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Ajay Dheer (He/They)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

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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Hunter Vaughn, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

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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Nicole Kammerlocher (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

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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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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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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Jen Yerty, LPC, CADC I

Licensed Professional Counselor

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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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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