Depression, Gender Identity Issues Counsellors

Depression, Gender Identity Issues

Depression is the most common psychological condition, and most people experience it at one point or another in their lives.

Symptoms of depression include lethargy, low self esteem, a feeling of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, dysphoric mood and even suicidal thoughts. People who are depressed usually feel a lack of energy and a lack of pleasure and they may be agitated or irritable.

Since there are so many causes to depression, which boils down to a natural response to life experiences (a defence mechanism), each situation warrants a thorough investigation into the exact catalyst. Depending on what causes a specific incidence of depression, a treatment plan can be developed to help the individual deal with his or her emotions.

Some people are predisposed to depression in that it can run in the family. In many cases, it is learned when someone is constantly exposed to it.

Counselling can help a person to adapt to life changes that are causing grief, particularly with bereavement or marital issues. Systemic therapy is helpful in family therapy, where the efforts of the whole family can help the individual. Psychodynamic therapy helps a person to find the hidden psychological defences that cause problems to manifest. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the problem at hand, providing solutions to day-to-day issues and finding ways to restructure negative thought patterns.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who has training and experience in depression counselling you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

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.

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Gail Lyons

M.A., RCC
My approach to psychotherapy is informed by the belief that we are meant to grow and develop as individuals throughout our lives. This development requires a dialogue between our conscious self and the unconscious (that... Read more

Daniele Doucet

Ph.D., RCC
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Dr Daniele Doucet (nee Duplassie) is the Founder and Director of The Shanti Counselling Centre. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a Certified... Read more

Nazanin Moghadami

M.Couns., RCC
Hello and welcome. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I have been working within the mental health field in Vancouver for over 7 years in various capacities. In my work, I draw upon my professional and personal... Read more

Mike Smith

M.A., RCC
I believe my role as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Professional Art Therapist is to work hard at understanding where a person has come from and how they relate to others in their life, so that I can provide a... 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

Rosanne Johnson

M.A., RCC
As a counsellor, Rosanne offers therapy to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Greater Vancouver and Burnaby. She understands how important it is for these populations to have a therapist who... Read more

Nina DeLucca

M.Ed., RCC
In my life, I have also had my own struggles with mental well-being - depression, anxiety, and questioning my identity, my path.  It is hard.  It is exhausting.  It is lonely.  It can be hard to move... Read more

Elizabeth Holland

M.A., RCC
Elizabeth Holland is a Registered Clinical Counsellor practicing in Victoria, British Columbia. With a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, she works with adults, young adults and teens from diverse... Read more

Jasmine McMurray

M.A., RCC
My name is Jasmine and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA from the University of the Fraser Valley. I work with individuals from ages 17 and up,... Read more

Danielle Berman

M.S.W., RCC
Special interest in children, young adults and families. My services enable children, youth and adults to fulfill their full potential and find mental wellness. Area of focus include stress, worry, anxiety, sadness... Read more

Deborah English

M.A., RCC
My name is Deborah and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. I work with individuals (youth and... Read more

Joy Hung

M.A., RCC
Would you like to have healthier and more meaningful relationships? Are you tired of being limited by feelings of depression or anxiety? Is stress getting you down? You probably found your way here because... Read more

Paula Bude

M.Ed., RCC
Paula Bude (MEd., C.C.C., R.C.C., C.Hyp.) is asking you to consider: "what if this imperfect moment is the gateway into everything I want?".  Therapy with Paula is an invitation to deepen... Read more

Dennis Dion

M.A., RCC
Often in the beginning, people share being tired of struggling with one or more of the following: depression anxiety addiction (substances, gambling, pornography) disordered eating or self-harm "... Read more

Christopher Cook

M.A., RCC
All of us have the innate drive to grow, heal, and realize our potential, living our fullest life. But we all, at one time or another, need support along the way. I am a queer therapist offering individual and... Read more

Olivia Kienzel

M.Couns., RCC
Olivia works with couples & individuals to transform their relationship to themselves, their lives, and the people they care about. She can help you, gently, get to the root of your challenges—and... Read more