Some people feel as though they are either confused/curious about their gender, they don’t identify with their birth assigned gender and/or they feel as though their gender is more fluid than either/or.
You Do Not need to prove your gender to me. I am not the judge of your life, only you are the expert of your own life. What I can do is: provide a safe place for you to explore these feelings and concerns and help you to find a better understanding of how you identify. Sometimes this involves exploring the opposite gender by dressing as your true gender full-time or part-time, coming out to your family, friends, employment and social circles, and perhaps eventually seeking hormone replacement therapy and/or surgery. I follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standard of Care Version 7 recommendations. I can provide the needed referral letter so you can begin your transition. Please note that I do charge $35/per 15 minutes for letters. Letters normally take 1-2 hours to develop.
Please let me know if you are only needing a letter for hormonal therapy and do not wish for continued therapy. If this is the case, we can schedule a longer appointment (100-120 minutes) to develop the letter and assess your readiness for hormonal therapy. I cannot guarantee a letter at this appointment, but my objective is to not stand in your way.
If you are looking for more traditional therapy, we will schedule a 50 minute session. During this appointment, you and I will explore your gender journey and where you’d like it to be. I’ll introduce you to some local doctors, support groups, voice coaches, and other trans friendly businesses who can help you through your transition. Follow up appointments will be every week for at least the first month, in order for us to get to know each other. Then we can spread the appointments out to fit your therapeutic and financial needs.
Give me a call today to begin your journey to hope and healing.
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Some common terms and definitions:
Sex: Male or Female or Intersex; combination of genitals, chromosomes, hormones and external and internal sexual organs.
Gender Identity: Also just called gender. This can be man, woman, gender queer, gender variant or gender fluid. This is a persons deeply held gender identity. For cisgender people, they identity with their assigned sex at birth (example: male=man/boy) For transgender people they usually do not identify with their gender assigned at birth. And for some people their gender does not fit either man/woman or girl/boy. They are more fluid or genderless or gender neutral.
Gender Expression: How one chooses to express their gender, usually this is how they dress and express themselves. This includes the person’s name, pronouns, clothing, haircut and body characteristics. These are usually described as feminine, masculine or androgynous characteristics.
Transgender: an umbrella term used for people whose birth assigned gender differs from their gender identity or expression. Some people under go hormone replacement therapy, some undergo surgery, some people come out in public, some people only dress out at home or on the weekends. No one transperson is the same and everyone is an individual. No one has to transition in any way in order to identify as transgender. Other term: Trans.
Transexual: an older term that now generally means someone who has undergone either hormones or surgery to change their gender. Many people do not prefer this term. Some do.
Transgender woman: People who are assigned male at birth and identify more with the female gender. Other terms include trans woman, female, MTF or male to female.
Transgender man: People who are assigned female at birth and usually identify more with the male gender. Other terms include trans man, male, FTM or female to male.
Transition: The process of altering one’s birth gender to their more genuine gender. This could include dressing full time or part time as their true gender, beginning hormone replacement therapy (HRT), getting gender affirming surgeries, coming out to family, friends, school, religious, spiritual and/or work communities.