Gender Identity Issues Counsellors

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.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Brenda Jamer

M.Sc., RCC
At the heart of it, my practice is a highly intuitive blend of trauma informed modalities. Foundationally, I apply an anti-oppressive, intersectional feminist lens and welcome clients from all walks of life, especially... Read more

Ally Abrami

MC, RCC
I specialize in helping individuals and partners navigate the extra something that makes their relationship(s) a unique challenge. Folks I work with are often loving outside of the cisheteronormative & mononormative... Read more

Bronwen Smith

M.Couns., RCC
With a commitment to compassion, I offer holistic, trauma informed, person-centered counselling services to children, youth, young adults, parents and expectant parents. My approach considers the essential role of the... Read more

Sandy Boon

M.A., RCC
SECURE VIDEO-CONFERENCE AND TELEPHONE THERAPY AVAILABLE Although not all of the last 30 plus years of Sandy's professional career has been spent exclusively practicing therapy, Sandy has passionately... Read more
My practice is here to help you to have honest conversations that start to uncover the areas in your life where you feel stuck or at a loss. Clients find that after only a few sessions they’re able to slow down... 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 (UBC), she works with adults and young adults from diverse... Read more

Sarah Siddiqui

M.S.W., RSW
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*Now Accepting Clients.  Virtual Only.   For insurance purposes: please note I am an RSW and RCC* Whether trying therapy has been an unfulfilled new year’s resolution for the past number of years... Read more

Anthony Cave

M.A., R.Psych
About me My private practice consists of psychotherapy services for youth, adults and elders. An appointment usually lasts an hour and takes place in a confidential office setting. I also provide clinical consulting... Read more

Lu Lam

M.Ed., CCC
My Experience I believe if we can heal our minds, we can heal our worlds. I am a Chinese-Taiwanese trans identified Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (#12193). I... Read more

Sonder Haven

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
You have answers within you. Let's find them together. Right now we are dealing with a lot: COVID-19, the ongoing and escalating police violence against Black and Indigenous peoples, as well as the ongoing racism... Read more

Demill Keevil

MCP:AT, RCC
I opened Oasis Creative Counselling with the goal of offering people a safe and welcoming environment where they can work toward the change they desire. I offer counselling and art therapy services for teens,... Read more

Faye Shedletzky

M.Ed., CCC
    • Online booking
We all can use someone in our corner.  If you are looking for a counsellor right now, you are likely feeling overwhelmed and discouraged.  If you could've fixed things already by yourself... Read more

Keri Povall

M.A.Sc., RCC
Increase your emotional well-being, decrease your anxiety and stress and increase your enjoyment of life. My counselling practice in Burnaby provides a safe, confidential and compassionate space to explore your areas of... Read more

Al Zwiers

M.S.W., RSW
I am a Registered Social Worker in BC, and have a Master of Social Work degree with additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, EMDR and Gottman ... Read more

Claudette Alain

M.A., RCC
Claudette's emphasis is on helping individuals and families understand themselves better so that they can live more fully and with greater meaning in life. Trauma, Male and Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse... 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

Dee Gill

M.A., RCC
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you have no idea what to do next? Do you worry about making the wrong decision that could make things even worse?  I can help you change your thoughts and beliefs to take... Read more

Kandice Peterson

M.Couns., RCC
    • Online booking
- LGBTQ2S+ friendly and accepting new clients - I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor and 5th generation settler on the ancestral territories of the Lekwungen, W̱SÁNEĆ, and Esquimalt First Nations. I received my... Read more

Megan Jespersen

M.Couns., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the Founding Director of The Grounding Stone, a queer-owned counselling center and community space located at 5446 Victoria Drive in East Vancouver.  The Grounding Stone... Read more

Tania Zulkoskey

M.S.W., RCSW
Video/Telephone Sessions Available. Tania counsels individuals, children and couples on issues such as:  relationship dynamics  communication issues  parenting and multiples  ... Read more

Lyne Piche

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Lyne Piché is a Registered Psychologist working in South Surre, BC. Her services are offered in both French and English. She has many years experience working with people who have sexual difficulties, sexual... Read more

Nazanin Moghadami

M.Couns., RCC
April 2022: *I am not accepting new clients until January 2023*   Hello and welcome. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I have been working within the mental health field in Vancouver for over 10... Read more

Teesha Morgan

M.A., CCC
Dr. Teesha Morgan is a Psychotherapist, published author, adjunct professor, and co-founder of the Westland Academy of Clinical Sex Therapy. Dr Morgan specializes in Sex Therapy and Couples Counselling, and has had a... Read more

Islai Rathlin

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Islai Rathlin, MA, MSW, RSW (they/them) Islai is a Registered Social Worker who specializes in working with queer, trans, and genderdiverse folk who are struggling to connect with themselves and others. They also... Read more

Catherine Giffin

MCP, CCC
Catherine Giffin (she/her) provides Individual Counselling, Couples Counselling, and Sex Therapy. She is an Adlerian Psychotherapist and a Canadian Certified Counsellor, with specialized training in the areas of; ... 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

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... Read more

Judith Setton-Markus

M.Ed., R.Psych
Judith Setton-Markus is a Registered Psychologist licensed with the College of Psychologists of BC #1712. She is also a Psychoanalyst and Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapist, a member of the Western Branch... 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

Megan Suehn

Ph.D., R.Psych
    • Online booking
Whether your culture, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality seem to be at odds, or if your community doesn’t support you… If you’re having difficulty finding the energy to stay on track in your personal or career life, or to... Read more