Transgender Therapists in Charlotte, NC

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Trey Greene
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28215
I am a member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group and an expert in LGBTQ issues.
My top priority is to provide a safe, supportive environment for anyone struggling with their identity, experiences, or beliefs in addition to other mental health concerns. I work with a variety of issues with a focus on PTSD, depression, anxiety, dissociation, trauma, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, relationship difficulties, spirituality and/or religious trauma in addition to other concerns. I am especially passionate about work with anyone seeking a supportive space to heal, discover who they are, or navigate existential concerns, welcoming those of all beliefs in finding connection, hope, and peace.
I am a member of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group and an expert in LGBTQ issues.
My top priority is to provide a safe, supportive environment for anyone struggling with their identity, experiences, or beliefs in addition to other mental health concerns. I work with a variety of issues with a focus on PTSD, depression, anxiety, dissociation, trauma, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, relationship difficulties, spirituality and/or religious trauma in addition to other concerns. I am especially passionate about work with anyone seeking a supportive space to heal, discover who they are, or navigate existential concerns, welcoming those of all beliefs in finding connection, hope, and peace.
(704) 419-8509 View (704) 419-8509
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Daphne Krantz
Counselor, LCMHCA, MA, NCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28201  (Online Only)
My passion in life is supporting you to become your most authentic, joyous self. I believe you already have a wellspring of wisdom and clarity within, and I take great pleasure in helping you clear the way to your own inner guidance. As a proud, openly transgender woman, I find fulfillment in working with individuals and couples on transition and identity issues, communication, codependency, relational/cultural/ancestral trauma, gender, sexuality, poly/non-monogamy, depression, addiction, anxiety, psychedelic integration, and spirituality. Perhaps the path isn't quite clear, yet you're ready to take a step towards something better.
My passion in life is supporting you to become your most authentic, joyous self. I believe you already have a wellspring of wisdom and clarity within, and I take great pleasure in helping you clear the way to your own inner guidance. As a proud, openly transgender woman, I find fulfillment in working with individuals and couples on transition and identity issues, communication, codependency, relational/cultural/ancestral trauma, gender, sexuality, poly/non-monogamy, depression, addiction, anxiety, psychedelic integration, and spirituality. Perhaps the path isn't quite clear, yet you're ready to take a step towards something better.
(828) 944-4273 View (828) 944-4273
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Rooted Therapy
MA, LCMHCS, NCC
Verified Verified
27 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
Jen serves as the Clinical Director at Rooted Therapy and 3 years on the Executive Board of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group.
Our small group of providers specialize in helping to uncover and empower authentic selves. Trans and Neuro-divergent competent trauma support to sort through what life has thrown your way! It can be overwhelming to sort through alone and often anxiety, depression, gender, relationships, and interpersonal trauma experiences are addressed when the time is right! The space we create together can foster internal communication between the different 'parts' of yourself to heal, grow, thrive, and find peaceful confidence. Explore together in the private safe space we build together or can invite loved ones to join at times.
Jen serves as the Clinical Director at Rooted Therapy and 3 years on the Executive Board of the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group.
Our small group of providers specialize in helping to uncover and empower authentic selves. Trans and Neuro-divergent competent trauma support to sort through what life has thrown your way! It can be overwhelming to sort through alone and often anxiety, depression, gender, relationships, and interpersonal trauma experiences are addressed when the time is right! The space we create together can foster internal communication between the different 'parts' of yourself to heal, grow, thrive, and find peaceful confidence. Explore together in the private safe space we build together or can invite loved ones to join at times.
(704) 812-5347 View (704) 812-5347
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Becky Stamler
MA, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28262
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, with over 13 years of experience. My focus is to provide services to Transgender clients, ages 18-64. My professional training and experiences may assist with issues and concerns related to: your gender transition, WPATH letters, gender identity development, gender dysphoria, gender questioning, Queer, Informed Consent, & sexual orientation. Please do not call at first due to spam issues. Use the "Email Me" link only to let me know what you are seeking from the counseling experience; your insurance/self-pay option; and the best times/days/method to contact you.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, with over 13 years of experience. My focus is to provide services to Transgender clients, ages 18-64. My professional training and experiences may assist with issues and concerns related to: your gender transition, WPATH letters, gender identity development, gender dysphoria, gender questioning, Queer, Informed Consent, & sexual orientation. Please do not call at first due to spam issues. Use the "Email Me" link only to let me know what you are seeking from the counseling experience; your insurance/self-pay option; and the best times/days/method to contact you.
(704) 912-0957 View (704) 912-0957
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Beverly (Mecca) L Moss
Counselor, MA, LCMHC-S, LCAS-A
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28205
Moss Counseling Services specializes in the following populations: Transgender, gender non-conforming, Lesbian ,Gay , Sexually aggressive youth, Trauma Focused(CBT), ADHD * Anxiety Disorder * Bipolar Disorder * Compulsive Disorder * Depression * Sexuality Identity * Childhood /adolescent Behavioral concerns, Learning /academic Disabilities * Panic Disorder * schizophrenia * Substance Abuse * Grief and Loss.
"Beginning therapy can be a very difficult decision for one to make. I am so excited that you have taken the first step in this rewarding journey!" My passion and goals are to assist others to experience healing and wholeness in life through management of the symptoms that cause dysfunction in everyday lives. Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. As an integrated therapist my goal is to help you figure out how to use your own resiliency."
Moss Counseling Services specializes in the following populations: Transgender, gender non-conforming, Lesbian ,Gay , Sexually aggressive youth, Trauma Focused(CBT), ADHD * Anxiety Disorder * Bipolar Disorder * Compulsive Disorder * Depression * Sexuality Identity * Childhood /adolescent Behavioral concerns, Learning /academic Disabilities * Panic Disorder * schizophrenia * Substance Abuse * Grief and Loss.
"Beginning therapy can be a very difficult decision for one to make. I am so excited that you have taken the first step in this rewarding journey!" My passion and goals are to assist others to experience healing and wholeness in life through management of the symptoms that cause dysfunction in everyday lives. Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. As an integrated therapist my goal is to help you figure out how to use your own resiliency."
(704) 493-8535 View (704) 493-8535
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Scarlett Greene
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28215  (Online Only)
I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients from various backgrounds, but I have a passion for serving the transgender and queer community.
Thank you for taking the first step in mental health self-care; so tell me, how are you? No really, how are you? If the answer is not great, maybe it’s time to open up an honest dialogue about starting therapy. I'm Scarlett; I am the owner and therapist at Grounded Guidance Counseling, PLLC, where I provide outpatient therapy services to individuals and couples. I strive to meet my clients exactly where they are emotionally in a professional but relatable manner, as I desire to break down barriers that could make therapy feel intimidating for anyone involved.
I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients from various backgrounds, but I have a passion for serving the transgender and queer community.
Thank you for taking the first step in mental health self-care; so tell me, how are you? No really, how are you? If the answer is not great, maybe it’s time to open up an honest dialogue about starting therapy. I'm Scarlett; I am the owner and therapist at Grounded Guidance Counseling, PLLC, where I provide outpatient therapy services to individuals and couples. I strive to meet my clients exactly where they are emotionally in a professional but relatable manner, as I desire to break down barriers that could make therapy feel intimidating for anyone involved.
(919) 726-4787 View (919) 726-4787
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Tia Evans
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, MEd, LCSW, CST
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28269
I also specialize in working with those who identify as Transgender, through all stages of their journey.
Are you walking through life feeling as though something is missing? Maybe, it's joy, fulfillment, success, career advancement, or even a relationship? Do you try to please others to avoid working on yourself? Is it possible you've tried to fix yourself, but it was just a matter of time before you fell back into your old habits? If you answered yes to any of those you questions you are not alone & you don't have to go through these feelings by yourself any longer. I want to you get the life you desire, the life you deserve. Let me help you get your life back on track TODAY! Please email me to get started on your journey of change.
I also specialize in working with those who identify as Transgender, through all stages of their journey.
Are you walking through life feeling as though something is missing? Maybe, it's joy, fulfillment, success, career advancement, or even a relationship? Do you try to please others to avoid working on yourself? Is it possible you've tried to fix yourself, but it was just a matter of time before you fell back into your old habits? If you answered yes to any of those you questions you are not alone & you don't have to go through these feelings by yourself any longer. I want to you get the life you desire, the life you deserve. Let me help you get your life back on track TODAY! Please email me to get started on your journey of change.
(828) 604-6241 View (828) 604-6241
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Bill Stewart
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28270
I firmly believe in two core tenets to therapy: no judgment and confidentiality. I strive to make you feel comfortable enough to share your challenging experiences and thoughts. I see a variety of clients with a focus on depression, anxiety, PTSD, moral injury, and gender dysphoria. I have a passion for working with the military community as I am a veteran. Additionally, I have a passion for supporting marginalized and vulnerable communities to include the LGBTQ+ communities.
I firmly believe in two core tenets to therapy: no judgment and confidentiality. I strive to make you feel comfortable enough to share your challenging experiences and thoughts. I see a variety of clients with a focus on depression, anxiety, PTSD, moral injury, and gender dysphoria. I have a passion for working with the military community as I am a veteran. Additionally, I have a passion for supporting marginalized and vulnerable communities to include the LGBTQ+ communities.
(704) 850-9629 View (704) 850-9629
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Amber L. Borcyk
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
15 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28223  (Online Only)
It can be scary to be honest with oneself, let alone with others. Yet, most of us still desire to be seen, loved, and accepted. I work with people curious about how their childhood, cultural background(s), identities, and trauma influence how they relate to themselves, family, lovers, friends, and authority figures. My work centers on anti-racism and the lived experiences of folks who are Queer, Transgender, Polyamourous, or Kinky. I enjoy working with people outside of these identities as well. Modalities I utilize are Relationship Analysis, EMDR, Parts Work, Psychodynamic Techniques, and Sex Therapy.
It can be scary to be honest with oneself, let alone with others. Yet, most of us still desire to be seen, loved, and accepted. I work with people curious about how their childhood, cultural background(s), identities, and trauma influence how they relate to themselves, family, lovers, friends, and authority figures. My work centers on anti-racism and the lived experiences of folks who are Queer, Transgender, Polyamourous, or Kinky. I enjoy working with people outside of these identities as well. Modalities I utilize are Relationship Analysis, EMDR, Parts Work, Psychodynamic Techniques, and Sex Therapy.
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Kimberly Lynn Childress
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MA, LPC, LCMHCS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28269  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in North Carolina. I have worked successfully with individuals, marriage/relationship issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, transgender, and many other issues and concerns.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in North Carolina. I have worked successfully with individuals, marriage/relationship issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, transgender, and many other issues and concerns.
(704) 610-2297 View (704) 610-2297
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Annada Hypes
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211
Adolescence can be a rocky time for many people, but I believe therapy can be of great help. I work with teenagers and young adults, struggling primarily with mood, identity, and impulse control difficulties. My goals are to help young people build their strengths and relationships in order to find happiness and success as emerging adults. Some of the things I treat are: depression, self-harm, anxiety, family conflict, gender dysphoria, transition to young adulthood stress, and disordered eating habits. Generally I practice cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectal-behavior therapy (DBT) within a caring, humanistic approach.
Adolescence can be a rocky time for many people, but I believe therapy can be of great help. I work with teenagers and young adults, struggling primarily with mood, identity, and impulse control difficulties. My goals are to help young people build their strengths and relationships in order to find happiness and success as emerging adults. Some of the things I treat are: depression, self-harm, anxiety, family conflict, gender dysphoria, transition to young adulthood stress, and disordered eating habits. Generally I practice cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectal-behavior therapy (DBT) within a caring, humanistic approach.
(704) 256-0987 View (704) 256-0987
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Celynd Noel Malone
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA, TCT, CSAT-C, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
I (she/her) work with adults and couples from a variety of backgrounds on all things sex, gender, and religious trauma. Issues include including gender diversity and transgender care, sexual health, sex addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, grief and loss, and issues of specific concern to the LGBTQIA+, kink, and polyamory communities. I also have experience working with religious trauma. My ideal client is ready to do the deep work, because we're going to dive right in!
I (she/her) work with adults and couples from a variety of backgrounds on all things sex, gender, and religious trauma. Issues include including gender diversity and transgender care, sexual health, sex addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, grief and loss, and issues of specific concern to the LGBTQIA+, kink, and polyamory communities. I also have experience working with religious trauma. My ideal client is ready to do the deep work, because we're going to dive right in!
(919) 694-4293 View (919) 694-4293
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Joanna Garnett At Noble Wellness Group
Counselor, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28204
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or alone, it can be difficult to reach out. You’ve taken that first step by seeking help. I would be honored to support you on your journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and personal growth. I am dedicated to providing a compassionate and inclusive therapeutic environment where you can freely express yourself and discover your authentic self.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or alone, it can be difficult to reach out. You’ve taken that first step by seeking help. I would be honored to support you on your journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and personal growth. I am dedicated to providing a compassionate and inclusive therapeutic environment where you can freely express yourself and discover your authentic self.
(704) 325-5232 View (704) 325-5232
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Noah Granade @ Rooted Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
I believe that deep, integrated healing is possible for every person that steps into my office. Sometimes we need an outside perspective and designated space to focus on our healing. I hope to hold this space for my clients and would be honored to support you in your journey. Whether you are exploring aspects of your identity, seeking support in healing from personal, intergenerational, or communal trauma, in recovery from disordered eating patterns, exploring neuro-divergence, or needing a non-judgmental space that promotes personal fulfillment and growth, I am here to support your process.
I believe that deep, integrated healing is possible for every person that steps into my office. Sometimes we need an outside perspective and designated space to focus on our healing. I hope to hold this space for my clients and would be honored to support you in your journey. Whether you are exploring aspects of your identity, seeking support in healing from personal, intergenerational, or communal trauma, in recovery from disordered eating patterns, exploring neuro-divergence, or needing a non-judgmental space that promotes personal fulfillment and growth, I am here to support your process.
(704) 327-6362 View (704) 327-6362
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Tatim Lace
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-A, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28204
Prior to private practice, I worked in a variety of community-based jobs including in-home family therapy, crisis response, domestic violence, and adolescents interfacing with the criminal justice system. Now I enjoy working mainly with young adults and adolescents, affirming their life experience and re-imagining what a full life looks like. I'm here for the clients who find themselves operating outside of societal norms and learning how to build their own path. My clinical lens is rooted in harm-reduction, person-in-environment and trauma-informed approaches.
Prior to private practice, I worked in a variety of community-based jobs including in-home family therapy, crisis response, domestic violence, and adolescents interfacing with the criminal justice system. Now I enjoy working mainly with young adults and adolescents, affirming their life experience and re-imagining what a full life looks like. I'm here for the clients who find themselves operating outside of societal norms and learning how to build their own path. My clinical lens is rooted in harm-reduction, person-in-environment and trauma-informed approaches.
(704) 396-4128 View (704) 396-4128
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SweeneyPsych
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28204
We have found that one of the most difficult steps in therapy is scheduling and attending the first appointment. Our aim is to reward that courage by collaboratively working with clients towards reaching their goals. Our methods are individually tailored to each client based on their needs. Our therapists are trained as generalists and work wide array of issues ranging from stress management, chronic medical conditions, life transitions, and gender affirmations to more severe concerns such as trauma. We specialize in working with LGBTQ+ adults. We use the Informed Consent Model for gender-affirming surgery letters. Email us!
We have found that one of the most difficult steps in therapy is scheduling and attending the first appointment. Our aim is to reward that courage by collaboratively working with clients towards reaching their goals. Our methods are individually tailored to each client based on their needs. Our therapists are trained as generalists and work wide array of issues ranging from stress management, chronic medical conditions, life transitions, and gender affirmations to more severe concerns such as trauma. We specialize in working with LGBTQ+ adults. We use the Informed Consent Model for gender-affirming surgery letters. Email us!
(980) 734-3347 View (980) 734-3347
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Finley Losch
Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
There are times when we all need someone safe, objective, and curious to sit with us through the messy parts of life that make us human. Through my training and experience as a queer sex therapist, I have a deep appreciation for the complexity of stress, life changes, internal stories and illness. Our time together would be spent identifying your strengths, challenging some unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, and honoring that you are the expert of your life. Together, we’ll hopefully laugh a ton and learn about your path and story in a safe nonjudgmental space.
There are times when we all need someone safe, objective, and curious to sit with us through the messy parts of life that make us human. Through my training and experience as a queer sex therapist, I have a deep appreciation for the complexity of stress, life changes, internal stories and illness. Our time together would be spent identifying your strengths, challenging some unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, and honoring that you are the expert of your life. Together, we’ll hopefully laugh a ton and learn about your path and story in a safe nonjudgmental space.
(919) 298-8767 View (919) 298-8767
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Nich Lyle
Counselor, LCMHC, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28201
Are you struggling with being present? Does it feel like no one else thinks the way you do? Perhaps you’re struggling with your identity or not being seen for the person you are. Are you feeling a crippling weight of expectations for who you “should” be or what you “should” do? Do you find yourself constantly overwhelmed, having difficulty focusing, or overthinking? Do days and months pass with nothing to show for them, nothing changing? As life happens around you, do you find yourself falling into unhelpful or painful patterns? Do you want things to change for the better, to feel hopeful again, but don’t know where to begin.
Are you struggling with being present? Does it feel like no one else thinks the way you do? Perhaps you’re struggling with your identity or not being seen for the person you are. Are you feeling a crippling weight of expectations for who you “should” be or what you “should” do? Do you find yourself constantly overwhelmed, having difficulty focusing, or overthinking? Do days and months pass with nothing to show for them, nothing changing? As life happens around you, do you find yourself falling into unhelpful or painful patterns? Do you want things to change for the better, to feel hopeful again, but don’t know where to begin.
(828) 482-0896 View (828) 482-0896
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Megan Piscitelle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28202  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm so glad you made it here. Taking the first step in seeking out a therapist can be scary and overwhelming. As a non-binary, neurodivergent therapist, I provide an affirming space that allows my clients to accept all parts of themselves and celebrate their identities. I specialize in working with young adults, including college students and young professionals, who are queer-identified and/or neurodivergent.
Welcome! I'm so glad you made it here. Taking the first step in seeking out a therapist can be scary and overwhelming. As a non-binary, neurodivergent therapist, I provide an affirming space that allows my clients to accept all parts of themselves and celebrate their identities. I specialize in working with young adults, including college students and young professionals, who are queer-identified and/or neurodivergent.
(828) 532-2836 View (828) 532-2836
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Basil Guyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28203  (Online Only)
Hello! My name is Basil. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. I've been providing psychotherapy since 2017, and have a long career history in disability work. Overall I have 17 years experience in Carework. I work primarily with individuals & couples with marginalized identities (in gender, sexuality, ability, neuro type, race, etc). I am also very interested in working with more cis men on the precipice of liberating themselves from toxic masculinity, particularly Dads, who want to be more conscious / intentional parents and partners. I also work with families.
Hello! My name is Basil. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. I've been providing psychotherapy since 2017, and have a long career history in disability work. Overall I have 17 years experience in Carework. I work primarily with individuals & couples with marginalized identities (in gender, sexuality, ability, neuro type, race, etc). I am also very interested in working with more cis men on the precipice of liberating themselves from toxic masculinity, particularly Dads, who want to be more conscious / intentional parents and partners. I also work with families.
(919) 289-8164 View (919) 289-8164
Transgender Therapists

As a gender-diverse individual, why might I want to see a therapist who is also gender diverse?

A trans or gender-diverse client may want to see a therapist who is also trans or gender diverse because the client may feel safer sharing their experiences and more confident that the therapist will understand, validate, and support them. But trans or gender-diverse clients can also benefit from therapy with cisgender therapists; this is a personal decision based on the connection between the client and the therapist, and if that connection is strong, therapy will be successful.

What if I cannot find a therapist who shares my gender identity?

Therapy can still be effective if a therapist does not share a client’s gender identity; a large body of research indicates that the most important factor in successful therapy is the therapeutic alliance. A therapist can also be interviewed for sensitivity and competence on gender identity and expression to ensure they possess appropriate knowledge and skills. Many therapists have excellent training and extensive experience working with gender-diverse clients, and that expertise can be invaluable despite a therapist not sharing the same firsthand experiences.

How can I recognize a good therapist for working with gender-diverse clients?

An experienced therapist should be able to help clients explore their gender identity and expression, alleviate discomfort related to their gender identity, treat mental health challenges and trauma, address existing relationships and communication with family members and loved ones, and determine the next steps pertaining to nonmedical or medical gender-affirming interventions. To recognize a good therapist, clients can ask about these topics and explore their comfort and connection with the clinician.

How might I inquire about a therapist’s experience working with transgender clients?

Clients should feel comfortable asking therapists directly about their experience working with transgender or gender-diverse clientele. For example, clients may ask about the therapist’s training and education with regard to gender identity, how many trans clients they’ve worked with in the past, and what sorts of matters were discussed. You may wish to inquire how a therapist specifically supports the needs of transgender clients or clients questioning their gender identity. A good clinician who is nonetheless not the right fit for you is often happy to make referrals to others based on the concerns you articulate in a preliminary conversation.