Gender Identity Issues Group 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.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy is generally offered in a setting with a single therapist and a group of up to around twelve participants who share a common or related issue. Therapists sometimes suggest group therapy if a group format suits the person or the issue better, or if the treatment type has a group therapy aspect, such as art therapy or dialectical behaviour therapy.

By observing other people in group therapy, a person can receive helpful feedback from other group members. These varied perspectives can help to promote change and growth. Group therapy helps people to develop better coping methods by learning from others. By seeing how other group therapy members handle situations, people can follow their examples and grow from that.

Group therapy is generally more affordable and at the same time, it allows people to learn better social skills.

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

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Mark Bodnarchuk

Ph.D., R.Psych
I help people who are having difficulties in their relationships with their children, family, romantic partners, and co-workers.  I work with individuals, couples, and some or all family members.   I help... Read more

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC
As a therapist, I offer you a professional relationship that is deeply accepting and non-judgemental, but also objective and truthful. The issues that bring you to therapy likely started in the context of relationship,... Read more
While recovery is challenging, one of my greatest passions as a counsellor is helping clients develop tools and coping skills so they no longer lean on disordered eating behaviours. Wherever you are in recovery, my... Read more

Melina Baum Singer

M.A., RCC
*Online and telephone sessions only at this time *Free 20 minute introductory session  Located in Vancouver B.C., Melina is a registered clinical counsellor and member of the B.C. Association of Clinical... Read more
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Tiffani works with Individuals and Couples. She approaches each and every client experience with curiosity and significance, offering support to clients to discover what lies beneath their conscious awareness. In... Read more

Britta Regan West

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Therapy provides relief. And there are no challenges too tough to be helped.  Britta West provides you and your loved ones with exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. With... Read more

Avraham Cohen

Ph.D., RCC
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Avraham Cohen, Ph. D., RCC-ACS, CCC holds the designations of Registered Clinical Counsellor; Approved Clinical Supervisor (RCC=ACS) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and Canadian Counsellor Certification... Read more

Clover Zeng

MCP, RCC
Clover, with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC. She works with clients at where they are and walk side by side with them until they reach the happy... Read more

Angie Kleinfelder

M.C., RCC
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I pride myself on meeting all clients – regardless of presenting problem, background or experience – where they are. Each and every individual is unique in who they are and what they bring to therapy, which... Read more

Doug Elliott

M.A., RCC
What I do: rethink is a professional counselling service run by Doug Elliott, with offices in Vancouver's West End and on Bowen Island.  I hold a Masters Degree in counselling psychology and have extensive... 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

Patricia Friedman

M.S.W., RSW
This is the first step in looking for the right professional who can help you and I hope I can make this process easy for you. I work with adults who feel like something is not right in their life; they may feel... Read more

Drew Harms

MCP, RCC
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Hi I am Drew! I am passionate about working with people to help them understand themselves and work through whatever challenge they might be facing. I also believe that no matter how hopeless you feel about yourself or... Read more

John Taylor

M.A., RCC
Relationships make the world go round; they can also make your world miserable when things aren't working. I am a trained marital therapist with the skills and passion to help you improve your... Read more

Ruth Lamb

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

Khalil Nourani

Ph.D., RCC
Dr. Nourani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. He has more than two decades of experience in the field of mental health. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental... Read more

Christy Arsenault

M.A., RCC
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Christy Arsenault (Waisman) is a seasoned therapist with extensive experience working with complex issues and diverse populations.  Christy graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the... Read more

Maryam Mills

M.Couns., RCC
COVID-19 Update: To provide a safe alternative for treatment, I am also available for video conferencing via Skype. Maryam is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.... Read more

Sally-Anne Haug

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I am a Certified EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement & Desensitization Reprocessing) and my practice focuses on Adults With Complicated Lives. Are you living the life of your dreams, but still suffer? Or feel that you... Read more

Michael Mackenzie

Ph.D., RCC
Helping people navigate their illness experience. I focus on working with people around issues related to cancer survivorship, chronic illness and other health conditions. I assist clients in making ... Read more

Christina McGill

M.A., RCC
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Christina provides phone and video/virtual counselling to clients across British Columbia. She works with children (10+), youth and adults, and provides individual and family counselling. She offers a free initial... Read more

Elizabeth Koch

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Are you feeling stuck, and needing change? The change you’re seeking might be finding inner calm and acceptance, healing emotional injury, or shifting patterns of thinking and feeling. It might include building... Read more

Katrina Wilson

M.A., RCC
Everyone wants to live a life that is satisfying and free from suffering, yet many of us suffer and struggle in silence. In my 10 years of practice, I have worked with numerous clients to break free from the struggle of... Read more

Megan Chang

M.C., RCC
    • Online booking
Languages: Englsih/中文. Online Tele-counselling - Phone Call - Text Anxiety could make us feel like we’re living in constant fear and at times we just want to escape and run away. Depression could make us... Read more

Allison Bates

M.A., RCC
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Allison understands how difficult it can be to address issues that may have been lingering for some time. It is truly an honor to walk with you through these struggles and find real solutions. Counselling can... Read more

Eleanor Rogers

M.A., RCC
Eleanor Rogers is a Registered Clinical Counsellor offering remote counselling in British Columbia including Burnaby, Greater Vancouver, and Vancouver Island. I work with clients who are in the midst of... Read more

Linda Duarte

M.A., RCC
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Linda is accepting new clients for evening sessions. She offers phone and video counselling, and encourages clients to start with a free initial consultation! Visit https://gravitatecounselling.janeapp.com/#/... Read more

Patrick Myers

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Online booking
Is life pushing you too hard?   Do you feel like you can't keep up?   Do you stay up late at night worrying?   Do you feel drained emotionally and/or  physically? Is your... Read more

Justine Little

M.S.W., RSW
Do you feel like you're stuck in old patterns? Are you always zoning out or in crisis mode? Do you struggle to connect with your body and aren't quite sure what it means to feel your feelings? Would you prefer... Read more

Kevin Gomes

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Online booking
A genuine human connection is the most important part of any successful therapy, as it’s from this nurturing relationship that people can begin to heal wounds, make meaning, find purpose, and eventually grow. With... Read more