Gender affirming therapy is a type of therapy that is designed to support individuals who are exploring and expressing their gender identity. This can include people who are questioning their gender, transitioning from one gender to another, or who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. It can be provided to children, adolescents, and adults at any stage of their gender journey. Additionally, we provide gender affirming family therapy and education to parents/guardians, siblings and caregivers who may be seeking to better understand gender identity to best support their loved one who may be navigating this journey.
At the Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver, our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore and express their gender identity. This may include helping individuals understand their own gender identity and expression, coping with discrimination and stigma, and navigating relationships and social situations.
Therapy can take many forms, including individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. It may also involve working with other professionals, such as doctors or educators, to ensure that the individual’s needs are being met.
We understand that gender identity and expression exist on a spectrum and are fluid. We follow the informed consent model as recommended by WPATH and seek to improve access to care for all LGBTQ+ individuals. The goal of gender affirming therapy is to help individuals feel comfortable and confident in their gender identity. In gender affirming therapy sessions, individuals may discuss their gender identity, how they feel about their gender, and any challenges or concerns they have related to their gender expression. This can involve working through any internal conflicts or external challenges related to gender expression, as well as providing support and guidance as individuals navigate their gender journey. This may also include helping the individual develop coping skills, communication skills, and self-acceptance. It may also involve supporting the individual in making decisions about their gender expression, such as coming out to their loved ones if desired, choosing a new name or pronouns, and discussing options for medical interventions, such as hormone therapy or surgery.
At the Child and Family Therapy Center of Denver, your therapist is trained to understand the unique needs of transgender and non-binary individuals and to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment. Your therapist is also knowledgeable about the challenges that individuals may face, such as discrimination and stigma, and is able to provide support and guidance to help individuals navigate these challenges. Your therapist will be non-judgmental, supportive, and respectful of your gender identity and expression. They will also be able to provide resources and referrals to other supportive services as needed.
It’s important to note that gender affirming therapy is not the same as conversion therapy, which is a harmful and discredited practice that attempts to change an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Gender affirming therapy is about supporting and affirming an individual’s true gender identity, not trying to change it.
Overall, gender affirming therapy is an important resource for individuals who are exploring their gender identity and seeking support in their journey. It can help individuals feel more confident and comfortable in their own skin and better able to express their true and authentic selves.