Gender is part of what makes you who you are. Our gender affects the way we define ourselves and even impacts how others view us. Gender is not always so easy to define, however. For many people, gender identity is more complicated than girl/boy or woman/man. Questioning your gender can happen at any stage of life, from childhood to old age. Those dealing with gender identity issues may experience a disconnect between how they identify an what their body looks like or how they are gendered by others. This feeling is known widely as dysphoria, and many people choose to alleviate their dysphoria through hormone therapy or gender affirming surgery.
Due to a lack of societal support, coming out and living life as trans, non-binary, queer, or any other gender subset can be extremely stressful. Changes you decide to make to your identity or your appearance may cause conflict internally and in your relationships with others. The compassionate and highly-trained therapists at Lotus Counseling Center stand as pillars of support as you adjust to living with your identity. Through therapy, you will gain skills in communication, stress management, and coordination of additional resources to ease your transition. Now is the time to become the person you’re meant to be, and therapy can help you on this journey.