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Gender Identity Therapy for youth and adults

Gender Affirming Counseling in Cherry Hill, NJ or Online

Are You or Your Child Feeling Confused or Distressed About Your Gender Identity?

Navigating feelings of uncertainty and discomfort about one’s gender identity  can be a deeply personal and sometimes challenging experience. Its common to grapple with questions around who you are and where you fit in. We will provide you with a safe and understanding environment for individuals  seeking support in exploring and affirming their unique identities. Our compassionate team offers guidance and resources to help you on your journey of self-exploration and self-acceptance. Take the first step towards understanding and embracing your authentic self with us today.

 

Gender Identity vs. Gender Dysphoria:

What is Gender Identity?

Gender identity is an individual’s profound sense of being male, female, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum. It is distinct from the sex assigned at birth and may not align with that designation. This personal sense of gender can be expressed in many ways, including through the use of pronouns that best reflect one’s identity. Using and respecting someone’s chosen pronouns is a crucial aspect of acknowledging and validating their identity.

Exploring and embracing one’s authentic identity, including the use of affirming pronouns, is often a pivotal part of the journey to self-discovery and personal authenticity. This process can lead to greater self-awareness, confidence, and overall well-being. It is important to provide support and understanding to those on this journey, recognizing that every individual’s experience with their gender identity is unique and deserving of respect.

What is Gender Dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria encompasses feelings of anxiety and distress associated with gender nonconformity or identifying as transgender. It goes beyond mere discomfort and can significantly impact various aspects of life. Individuals experiencing gender dysphoria may feel a profound sense of being mismatched with their physical body, affecting their interactions in educational, social, and occupational settings. 

Childhood gender dysphoria is acknowledged in those encountering such distress before puberty, although gender dysphoria can manifest at any life stage. many adults seeking assistance for gender dysphoria have navigated these emotions from a young age, often concealing their true selves to fit in. Our therapists respect the uniqueness of each individuals journey and stress the significance of seeking support and embracing one’s

Therapeutic Support for Gender Identity

Empowering Growth Through Healing

Exploring gender identity is a deeply personal and sometimes challenging process. Our therapists can provide vital support, validation, and counsel to individuals navigating their gender identity.  We offer a safe and affirming space where individuals can explore their feelings, thoughts, and experiences related to gender identity. Through the use of evidence-based therapy and personalized support, our clients develop coping strategies to navigate any distress, dysphoria, or challenges they may encounter along the way. Our therapists are trained in gender-affirming care and provide individually tailored interventions that address each client’s unique concerns, needs, and history.

Our Approach to Gender Identity Therapy

Our therapists create a safe, empathetic, and confidential space where clients can freely explore their gender identity. We offer validation, affirmation, and understanding, as clients navigate their gender identity journey. 

Utilizing evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), we aim to alleviate distress, anxiety, or dysphoria associated with gender identity. Our objective is to equip clients with coping strategies and resilience to overcome challenges they may face.

 

Recognizing the significance of family and social support in an individual’s gender identity exploration, we welcome the involvement of family members and networks. We can provide education, resources, and guidance to promote understanding and acceptance. In addition to therapy, we extend advocacy support and recommend community resources, support groups, and gender- affirming healthcare professionals to further support clients on their journey. 

At Glickman Psychological Services, we provide:

Personalized Treatment Plans

Skill-Building and Coping Strategies

A Supportive and Empathetic Environment

Family Involvement & Support

Long Term Wellness & Relapse Prevention