Gender Identity Issues Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Relaxation Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach that deals with the way in which clients think about themselves, other people and the world. The outside world affects how we think and feel about ourselves and as a result, our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help a person to change the way they think about thoughts and feelings, but it is not like other types of talk therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on current issues and challenges that affect the client right now. It doesn't consider the past issues that caused distress, but rather looks for solutions that can improve the client's state of mind in the moment. Much of CBT involves looking at thought distortions that can affect mood and are affected by mood, and helps client examine and challenge distorted thinking patters.

CBT can help a range of problems, from OCD, PTSD, bulimia, stress, phobias and other issues that might seem overwhelming to the client, by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Cognitive Behavioural 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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Denise Hall

Psy.D., CCC
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My approach is an integrative one that is individually developed to suit you as a client. I design therapeutic approaches according to your needs, set intentions with you and honor your journey... Read more

Marilyn Kwong

Ph.D., R.Psych
Hello and welcome! I am a Registered Psychologist (#2043) located in Kitsilano, with specialized training in helping people with their emotions and relationships in a deep and experiential way. Relationships have... Read more

Sophia Van Vuuren

M.A., R.Psych
Sophia holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists in British Columbia, #1659. She has worked in the mental health field as a Clinical Psychologist... Read more

Joachim Sehrbrock

Ph.D., R.Psych
NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, I provide 100% online therapy services, which include both phone as well as video (Zoom) appointments.  When we feel overwhelmed, stressed, or bogged down by difficult... Read more

Fay Ferris

M.Ed., RCC
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I have focused my practice on Couples Counselling and Individuals struggling with Depression and Anxiety and relationship isssues. Using research-proven effective approaches, I offer caring, sensitive, and respectful... Read more

Donna Vidas

M.A., RCC
Some issues I regularly work with in therapy include: Overcoming recent or life-long patterns that may be interfering with your enjoyment of life depression and mood challenges anxiety and worry grief (loss... Read more

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

Dianne Leitch

M.Couns., RCC
Dianne Leitch, BComm, Master of Counselling, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in North Vancouver. She welcomes individuals and couples facing concerns with infertility, relationships,... Read more

Katherine White

M.Sc., RCC
I believe that families and the family systems we come from give us great insight into what we are up against in life.  The families we grow up in are the first places we learn how relationships and people function... Read more

Renee Bartkiewicz

M.A., RCC
  Renee Bartkiewicz is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor and an Art Therapist. In her inclusive, creative, and collaborative practice, she sees individuals that present with a variety of  issues... Read more

Naomi Kolinsky

M.Ed., RCC
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Are you finding it hard to get past events that happened to you long ago? Do you find yourself turning to food, alcohol, drugs, or relationships to escape painful feelings and cope with your life? Do you find... 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

Yana Petronis

M.A., CCC
The world we inhabit is strange, varied, wondrous, and constantly evolving; we are too. We are shaped by our experiences, families, communities, ancestry, hopes, visions, loves, and losses—​and we are more... 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

Serina Islam

Ph.D., RCC
If you are considering to begin counselling or making a decision about which therapist might be right for you, I hope this website will be an informative starting point. If you still feel uncertain after reading through... Read more

Mary Gillis

M.A., RCC
Mary Gillis is a registered clinical counsellor who sees clients at her Vancouver office, located West Broadway, near Yew St. Mary brings years of experience to her therapy practice. She... Read more

Jamila Hilborn

M.C., RCC
I work primarily with children (ages 5 +), youth, and their families. A strong focus of mine is working with transgenerational trauma, abuse, issues surrounding belonging, abandonment, divorce and separation, addiction... Read more

Inder Kauldher

M.C., RCC
Are life circumstances causing you to feel stuck? Exhausted? Are you struggling to live your best life? We can often find ourselves trapped in negative situations and thinking patterns, which lead to exhaustion,... Read more

Robert Phillips

MC, RCC
How long will this last? Am I doomed to feel like this forever? It’s possible that you may be asking these questions. You might also be feeling alone - like no one else truly understands what you’re going... Read more

Andrew Stone

M.A., RCC
My name is Andrew Stone and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (member #11227). As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I have been able to demonstrate a... Read more

Curt DeWolff

M.Ed., CCC
In my counselling sessions I work to maintain and ensure a safe environment for my clients. I try to create a space where clients feel free of judgment or saying the "wrong" thing. I believe a strong... Read more

Eleanor Rogers

M.A., RCC
Eleanor Rogers is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in North Burnaby. I work with clients who are in the midst of difficult life transitions; who are faced with illness, grief and loss; who are recovering from... Read more

Whitney Regan

M.A., RCC
My passion for counselling comes out of a deep desire to walk alongside people as they courageously seek to better understand themselves, the relationships in their lives, and the challenges they face. As a therapist,... Read more

Chris Rensch

M.A., RCC
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COVID-19 Offer: During this epidemic, I offer 30% off the usual cost (bringing it to $100). I offer Online Talk Therapy and Online Play Therapy. ------- Chris Rensch is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who... Read more

Sarah Becker

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
I believe that my role as a counsellor involves walking alongside my clients while offering an objective and informed perspective. Because I often see people who are seeking change, my goal is to help my clients... Read more

Banafsheh Sadeghi

M.A., RSW
Banafsheh is a registered social worker with a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor's degree in General Psychology with more than 20 years of experience in counselling students, individuals, couples,... Read more

Leanne Cuddington

M.A., RCC
Leanne is a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Kitsilano. She obtained her Master’s degree in Somatic Counselling Psychology from Naropa University, Colorado and she has specialized credentials in Body... Read more

Stephanie Pugsley

M.A., RCC
I have over 20 years experience of working with individuals, couples, families and groups in private practice, the Health Service, the Social Services and voluntary organisations.  I am a registered Clinical... Read more

Janette Sperber

M.Sc., RCC
Janette Sperber, M.S., is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with specialized training in Biofeedback. I can help you better cope with a wide range of psychological, emotional and physical issues.  Do you have... Read more
Counselling is a Smart Investment in Yourself From time to time, we reward ourselves with a treat-a cup of coffee, a new electronic gadget, a massage, perhaps a new watch or clothing. However, we often forget the... Read more