Gender Identity Issues Animal Assisted Therapy

Gender Identity Issues

Gender identity issues can make a person feel that nature has played a cruel trick, leaving them living in a body and role that is contrary to what they feel inside. However, as society becomes more accepting of gay and lesbian individuals it is also becoming much easier for people to admit that they are transgender than ever before. However, therapy can help people with gender dysphoria to cope with gender identity issues.

Most people with gender dysphoria prefer the term transgender as they deal with the social expectations of living a life that is authentic to their own emotions while conforming to their birth gender.

Whether you are confused about the possibility that you might be transgender, or whether you have accepted the reality, it is a good idea to speak to a therapist. If you are considering gender reassignment surgery, therapy will help you prepare for the psychological impact of the decision.

Living in your gender of choice will take a lot of courage, as well as some experimentation. You will have to learn how to find a congruent appearance, and explore different ways for you to present your body so that it relates to your true gender.

Counselling from a therapist trained in gender identity issues will provide a nurturing and non-judgmental environment for you to explore your emotions, fears and feelings regarding what is happening for you.  Individual and group therapies are common for gender dysphoric patients, while family therapy can help foster better communication, and understanding. Family therapy can help deal with conflicts that can arise from gender dysphoria.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who offers gender identity counselling to address your gender dysphoria issues you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Animal Assisted Therapy, Relaxation Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy uses animals, and dogs in particular, to improve cognitive and emotional functioning. Animals help to build a report between the therapist and the patient, and can include domesticated pets and farm animals.

During the first stages of animal-assisted therapy, the therapist will assess the client's needs without animals present. The animal is only introduced once the therapist has developed a treatment plan.

The next stage involves a bond being developed between the client and the animal through motor skills. The animals are used to motivate the client, and to create positive interactions that can be translated into human interaction.

The therapist will monitor improvement and once a positive interaction is established between the client and the animal, the client is given independence in making choices for their partner in Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) therapy.

If you are looking for a counsellor who offers Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Relaxation Therapy, used therapeutically, relieves stress, manage symptoms of anxiety and improve sleep. Applied correctly and practiced frequently, relaxation therapy can improve a person's general well being.

The waking mind is constantly active, with thoughts swirling through it at an alarming rate. The mind remains active during sleep as well, and that is why people often wake up feeling tired. Restful sleep is needed for the mind to be relaxed and for the body to be healthy.

Relaxation therapy quiets the mind, allowing thoughts to flow smoothly, at a level rhythm that induces relaxation. A well-rested mind is rejuvenated, even while at sleep. Rest and relaxation improves overall health, boosts the immune system and helps the body to fight stress and anxiety to improve a person's quality of life.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Relaxation Therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Paula Wise

M.A., RCC
Paula is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with people... Read more

Clara Morgan

M.S.W., RSW
Clara is therapist who provides a safe, non-judgmental, and queer-friendly space for her clients to share and explore their stories. She is compassionate and understanding, yet she is also honest; she will... Read more

Gabriel Contreras

M.Couns., RCC
Gabriel Contreras MCP, RCC is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Adlerian psychotherapist, providing individual counselling, couples / relationship counselling, and sex therapy, with extensive additional training and... Read more

Ryan Leiderman

M.A., RCC
Congratulations on having the courage to work towards a better you.  As someone that has walked a similar path of self-improvement, I empathize with your struggle and truly appreciate the spark within you that... Read more

Pauline Mullaney

M.S.W., RCSW
My practice includes working with couples, families, adolescents, individuals and groups. Couples counselling, communication and relationship concerns. Family issues such as behaviour management, parent /... Read more

Lisa Webster

M.A., CCC
  What makes Lisa stand out is her warm personality and her straight forward approach. With gentleness and humour, she guides clients to find their own insights, while providing tools and teaching techniques... Read more

Anne Erlebach

Ph.D., CCC
Life can be full of challenges and problems that cause stress, confusion, anger, insecurity, indecision, shame, physical pain, illness, exhaustion and lethargy, frustration, worry, anxiety, guilt, regret, grief,... Read more

Sarah Jarvis

M.A., RCC
Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed? Do you long to relate to yourself, your relationships, and your life with greater ease and freedom? As a trained psychotherapist with years of experience, I can... Read more

Beverley Anderson

M.S.W., RSW
Beverley Anderson, M.S.W., RSW, CPF (Certified Parenting Facilitator) and Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider I am a therapist who is committed to providing a safe, supportive space for individuals to... Read more
Jane, a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#0828), is a Certified EMDR therapist and a Cognitive Behaviorial therapist. Since 1989 she has worked with individuals and couples experiencing distressing life events such as... Read more

Cameron Watson

M.C., RCC
NOW OFFERING ONLINE VIDEO COUNSELLING. Please check my website for details. Cameron Watson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients at offices in Maple Ridge. He operates Kanaka Creek Community... Read more

Jan Fleming

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 15 years of experience as a therapist helping people improve the quality of their lives. With my unique combination of training and experience I help people see their... Read more

Ruth Lamb

M.A., RCC
Ruth Lamb is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor serving Langley and surrounding communities. She holds a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology with specific training in Eye Movement... Read more

Florence Ling

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
* Helping clients understand their difficulties and inner world. * Discovery of their inherent strengths so as to encourage the development of healthy behaviors. * New connectedness to others. * Insight into... Read more

Nichole Fairbrother

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered psychologist in Victoria BC. I have a PhD in clinical psychology and over 15 years experience as a therapist and scientist. I specialize in anxiety (anxiety disorders, trauma, OCD, and perinatal... Read more

Lori Finklea

M.S.W., RCSW
Are you going though a difficult time in your life? Are you feeling lost? Do you need someone to talk to, to see things from an fresh perspective and without judgement? Counselling can help. Counselling offers you a non... Read more

Klaus Klein

M.A., RCC
Klaus is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC. He provides counselling and therapy to parents who are feeling overwhelmed or helpless trying to raise their teen. Parenting teens can be exhausting. Klaus... Read more

Cate Pelling

M.A., RCC
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA in Counselling Psychology, I have been working in private practice since 2003.  Previous to this, I worked for a number of years in clinical settings... Read more

Jill Arnold

M.A., RCC
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Clients describe me as straightforward and kind while being practical, effective and patient. I am available to help you through a secure virtual platform or on the telephone. I want you to feel better. In... Read more

Douglas Ozier

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Video on profile
    • Online booking
Are you ready to finally start feeling “good enough”? Your friends would probably be surprised if they knew how deeply you doubt yourself. They might be surprised at how shaky you often feel, how quickly... Read more

Tessa Sivak

M.C., RSW
We are human and challenges arise for each of us. Counselling can be a means of support a way to heal from past experiences and to plan for the future. There are many reasons people access counselling. The most common... Read more

Carly Goodfellow

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
*Due to the current health crisis I am pleased to offer online Videoconferencing and TeleHealth options for counselling and hypnotherapy appointments. As we all maneuver through this unprecedented... Read more

Crystal Arber

M.S.W., RCC
Virtual EMDR Now available.  Complex Trauma and PTSD  for health care workers, first responders, veterans, military, kids and adult survivors of childhood trauma as well as critical incidents. Do you... Read more

Eli Norman

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I enjoy coming alongside my clients and helping them achieve personal growth, healing, and well-being. Facing problems alone can be overwhelming, whether it’s depression, anxiety, anger, mood swings, stress,... Read more

Brigitte Clark

M.Ed., CCC
  My goal as a therapist is to provide honouring - honouring for you as an individual and for your experience of self and your experience in relationship.  From a holistic perspective, everything you... Read more

Diana Romer

M.Ed., RCC
    • Article(s) on profile
I have a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has over 20 years experience working with adults and adolescents as an educator, and counsellor. My... Read more

Phoebe Tsang

M.C., RMFT
Background and training: Master of Counselling from Trinity Western University Registered Clinical Counsellor #1830 of BCACC Registered Marriage & Family Therapist- Supervisor of CAMFT #2017290 BC... Read more

Paul Bains

M.A., RCC
Paul Bains, B.Sc., M.A., RCC is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. He has over 25 years experience working with couples, families, children, adolescents and individual adults. Benefits you may gain or learn... Read more

Max Innes

Ph.D., RMFT
    • Article(s) on profile
Max Innes, Ph.D., a family therapist with a general practice, has provided services for individuals, couples and families, including children and youth, throughout the Lower Mainland during the last fifteen years.In... Read more

Lindsay Stewart

M.S.W., RCSW
    • Article(s) on profile
At the heart of Integrative Psychotherapy is a respectful and sensitive attunement to the client’s inner world. This helps create a foundation of safety and trust on which all other work in therapy is built. As... Read more