Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person's physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify. People with gender dysphoria may be very uncomfortable with the gender they were assigned, sometimes described as being uncomfortable with their body (particularly developments during puberty) or being uncomfortable with the expected roles of their assigned gender. People with gender dysphoria may often experience significant distress and/or problems functioning associated with this conflict between the way they feel and think of themselves (referred to as experienced or expressed gender) and their physical or assigned gender.
Family support plays a particularly important role in affecting the likelihood of suicide. Someone who faced rejection after coming out to their families were more than 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide than someone who was accepted by their family after revealing their sexual orientation.
My work with LGBTQ+ individuals and their families aims to foster a space for love and acceptance.
My approach is to meet you where you are. If you are questioning and wanting to learn more about gender identity and what the terms trans or transgender may mean for you, then I'm here to answer any questions and talk about the possibilities. If you are struggling with accepting yourself or putting yourself into vulnerable positions, then I'm here to help you talk through those tough moments. If you are interested in coming out to your family and friends, then I'm here to support you through that process. My hope is that after each session you feel more empowered and ready to take on the challenges of the day. If that includes starting hormones or socially transitioning, I'm here with you.