Clients come to see me for a wide variety of gender-related concerns, including but not limited to the following:
- They are becoming aware that they feel “different” from other men or women, and they need a safe space to explore and clarify their understanding of their own gender.
- They may already have a solid understanding of their own gender identification, but they need help in managing gender-related anxiety or depression symptoms and exploring options for medical or surgical treatment.
- They need some assistance in deciding when, with whom, and how to talk with people who are important to them about their gender, including spouses/partners, parents, children, friends, or employers. Clients and those who are important to them may need informational and emotional support during these conversations.
- They have already made decisions about treatment options, and are seeking a psychologist’s letter of referral to a physician for hormone therapy or surgery.
I can provide assistance with any or all of these needs. With my gender clients, I adhere to the standards of care set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. For more information, please see http://www.wpath.org.