Gender affirming counseling.
Supportive and Affirming Counseling.
Gender is not a mental illness.
If you identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender expansive and are seeking to begin hormone replacement therapy, then counseling could be right for you. I am here to affirm your gender journey without pathologizing it.
I am here to also help you with letters of support for hormone replacement therapy and ongoing supportive counseling through the beginning of your transition.
A journey to authenticity.
Concepts of gender are quickly expanding in our present day culture. This is a much welcomed shift for those who have never been fully comfortable with the gender assigned to them at birth.
New language is emerging almost daily to describe the nuances of gender identity and expression. This language is key in building an open, inclusive, and responsive community for those who are gender expansive.
During this shift of cultural consciousness and awareness, many in the trans community find themselves adjusting, adapting, and evaluating “self” like no other community has been required to do.
Not only must we reconsider gender identity we must also reconsider medical transitioning, name changes, wardrobes, sexual orientation, relationships, family and community, group dynamics, work dynamics, expectations of gender presentation, voice, and body. Transitioning requires more honesty and authenticity than most non-trans people will come to know.
Here, together, we will explore all these things and help you arrive at the intersection of self, gender, and authenticity.
Your letter is unique to your journey.
Letters of support include the criteria for Gender Dysphoria diagnosis and meet the standards of care developed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Letters also reflect your understanding and preparedness to begin hormone replacement therapy as well as any recommendations for ongoing therapy, personal development, and social needs.
Things to consider.
Common questions about HRT counseling.
How many sessions will I need to schedule for a letter of support to begin HRT?
The greatest determining factor for a letter of support is the preparedness of the client to begin to transitioning. For those who are able to demonstrate reasonable expectations of the medical process for transitioning and demonstrate emotional and social stability may receive a letter in 1-3 sessions.
What are your qualifications to be able to write my letter?
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker most physicians will accept a letter of support from me. Even with a letter of support, the physician may have more questions or concerns regarding your readiness for HRT. As an advocate and community educator, I have experience in helping health care providers gain the needed knowledge and resources to provide more competent care for trans and GNC patients.
What if I’m ready, but I’m unable to find health care close to me?
For those living in the South East, QueerMed offers HRT for their patients through a similar virtual portal. QueerMed specializes exclusively in HRT for the trans and GNC community. For more information about QueerMed, please visit their website.
Do you accept insurance for sessions?
Learn more about fees and payments here.
What if I would like more therapy with you?
For those who need ongoing therapy, I am happy to offer routine Telehealth psychotherapy sessions.