Gender Therapy

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If you’re examining gender issues in your life, gender therapy can be invaluable. This type of therapy addresses issues of gender identity and gender dysphoria, how to navigate the transition process, how to cope with any emotions or behaviors that are sometimes associated with transition including anxiety, depression, self-harm, or suicidal thoughts, how to obtain genital reassignment surgery (GRS), and how to cope with any issues that might arise after gender transition.

All of the therapists at Personal Evolution Psychotherapy (PEP) have been trained or are being trained as gender therapists. Sue Boyd, LCSW has provided gender therapy for over 12 years to the transgender community, and in 2011, she formed a team of gender therapists at PEP. PEP runs a Gender Consultation Team meeting, which is the only gender consultation team of its kind in San Diego County. PEP’s in-house Gender Consultation team meets every other week to provide training and consultation on specific transgender issues. Additionally, PEP offers a monthly Gender Consultation Team that is open to gender therapists in the community. This allows the therapists at PEP to provide the most up to date care possible re: trans issues. PEP is also the only comprehensive and intensively trained DBT team in the world to provide DBT to trans people specifically designed to assist in transition and to decrease feeling suicidal or urges to self-harm secondary to gender dysphoria.  PEP is the only DBT team in the world that uses DBT to specifically address trans issues.

All PEP therapists have competency to provide gender therapy. We provide cognitive & behaviorally focused gender therapy to all trans people, including transmen and transwomen, genderqueer, gender questioning, gender fluid, non-binary, and bigender adults and adolescents in San Diego County. Sue Boyd, LCSW, BCD specializes in working with all trans people, including transmen, transwomen, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gender questioning, and bigender adults and adolescents, (FTM, MTF, non-binary).  Kelsey Paulson, PhD specializes in working with trans adolescents and trans adults. Matthew Holley, LMFT, specializes in working with trans teens and individuals who are experiencing gender dysphoria, as well as sexual orientation changes related to transitioning. Jordan Danly, LMFT, specializes in providing gender therapy to transgender teens and adults. Ali Rahimzadeh, LMFT, specializes in working with transgendered men, women, bi-gender, non-gender binary, and gender fluid individuals. Ann Minnich, LCSW, specializes in providing gender therapy to adolescents and adults that are gender non-conforming or gender questioning.  Sheela Shivaprasad, MSW, ASW specializes in providing gender therapy to teens, adults, couples, and families. Ruth Juarez, MSW, ASW specializes in working with trans men, women, and non-binary people (adults and adolescents).

Please contact us at 619.787.6676 to set up an appointment today!