TRANSGENDER OR GENDER NON-CONFROMING COUNSELING

Life can be difficult when a person feels that their internal gender identity does not match their external presentation.  Society often tries to force individuals into the two distinct categories of Male and Female.  This forced binary does not fit all people and can be quite painful when others expect a person to fit into one of the “boxes”.  Gender Dysphoria is a clinical term that describes the extreme distress that individuals feel when the gender assigned at birth does not match their internal sense of gender identity. 

Exploring the complexities of gender identity-development and the process of transition can be both confusing and exciting.  Decisions to transition from one’s gender assigned at birth are often accompanied by anxiety and fear.  However, life remaining within the bonds of one’s gender assigned at birth can be excruciating and intolerable.  Strong feelings of depression (including suicidal thoughts) can overwhelm transgender-identified people when they continue to go through life trying to fit into an identity that does not fit them. 

Dr. Sheri Clark has closely worked with transgender-identified or Gender Nonconforming people since 2006.  She has provided support for people who are exploring their gender identity and making decisions about what next steps are right for them.  

Why might I need to contact Dr. Clark?

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is the leading organization delineating Best Practices for the medical and mental health care for transgender-identified individuals.   From these recommendations, many medical professionals require a letter of support for a person who wishes to undergo physical transformations via hormone or surgery.  Some medical professionals do not require such letters of support and practice under the “Informed Consent” guideline.  Dr. Clark has written many letters of support for hormonal treatment or surgical procedures.  Assessments, evaluations and therapy may be required prior to obtaining adequate information to include in a letter of support for medical care. 

At Biltmore Psychology and Counseling, we respect preferred names and pronouns. 

Social Transitioning- Having others recognize one’s chosen name and preferred pronouns and making choices about how to present to others in public

Legal Transitioning– Changing one’s name and gender-marker on legal documents 

  • Birth Certificates
  • Drivers Licenses
  • Social Security cards

Medical/Physical Transitioning– Obtaining hormones and surgery to changes one’s body

Significant Others, Family, Friends, and Allies SOFFAs

Life can be challenging and confusing for a person who is exploring the complexities of gender identity development and the process of transition.  However, it is also often very difficult for the significant others, family members and friends of the person.  Shock, denial and anger often accompany the news that a loved one wishes to dress/present themselves differently to the world.  Naturally, the loved ones have many questions about what life will be like during and after their loved one’s transition.  

  • What does it mean that my loved one wants to “transition”?
  • How will this person’s choices affect my life?  
  • How can I support my loved one?
  • How can I communicate my fear to my loved one about transitioning?

Dr. Sheri Clark understands the complexities of gender identity development and transitions on the loved ones of gender nonconforming people.

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