Gender Transition Support Services for Adults
Due to the history of stigma and pathologizing of trans and gender creative identities, you may have experienced harm while pursuing healthcare services. Given this history, I understand that some folks enter psychotherapy spaces with weariness, skepticism, and emotional guard. I understand that re-establishing trust with a health services provider may take time. It is my intention to provide services that are respectful and validating of you and your experiences. Gender incongruence is not a mental disorder. I do not approach this work with a pathologizing lens. I approach the work collaboratively and with the intention to support your life, relationships, and work/career goals.
Gender and identity exploration
I seek to provide a safe and supportive environment for you to explore your gender identity/other intersecting identities and provide resources to support you on your life journey. Typically, other topics such as coming out processes, sex, sexuality, relationships, and navigating prejudice and discrimination are explored. Gender socialization and family expectations and experiences are often discussed.
medical gender transition assessment & documentation
As a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), I stay up-to-date about Standards of Care (SOC) for the health of Transgender and Gender Creative individuals. As such, to inform my services, I utilize the current standards as outlined in the SOC, Version 7. If you are interested in receiving a mental health assessment to support your readiness for gender transition surgeries, you will be committing to a minimum of 1 to 2 sessions. I use the first session to discuss your gender and life journey, to share about the supports in your life, expectations related transition surgeries, and to explore other health and wellness related topics. Once all the information is completed, we will have the opportunity to discuss the next steps. I want to support pre-operative preparations and ensure post-operative healing and wellness. The journey does not end once the last stitch is removed!
relationship partner(s) and family support
Gender transition also impacts relationship partner(s) and other family members. I provide individual therapy space for relationship partners, significant others, and family members to receive support, resources, and to discuss their feelings and reactions to a person’s gender transition.