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.

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

Sarah Levine

M.Ed., RCC
Welcome.  Counselling is very personal and it is important to have a good "fit" between you and your counsellor.  My reputation is for being kind, respectful and perceptive.  I... 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

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

Isaac Rosenberg

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Victoria, British Columbia. I work with adults on a broad range of concerns, prioritizing collaboration and an authentic relationship. I bring a holistic approach to my... Read more

Kate Steele

M.A., RCC
Please note: I am currently not accepting new clients, but would be happy to add you to my waitlist. I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Victoria, BC (BCACC #11659). I work with children, youth, adults, and... Read more

Teesha Morgan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Joe Ramirez

M.Couns., CCC
Joe Ramirez, owner of ClearCounselling.ca, is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and an Adlerian psychotherapist with a Master of Counselling Psychology, providing Individual Counselling, Couples Counselling, and Sex... Read more

Tricia Antoniuk

M.S.W., RSW
Imagine finding Hope & Passion in your Life... If you feel stuck or frustrated, in emotional pain or a struggling relationship, counselling can help. With respect and patience we will discover how you can meet... 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

Danelle Barnard

M.Sc., RSW
People and institutions are always trying to force us into boxes – you shouldn't have to deal with that when you come to therapy. As a queer person myself, I'm passionate about... Read more

Amber Louie

M.Sc., RCC
As an anti-oppression psychotherapist, I value your experiences based on culture, race, indigeneity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexuality, age, (dis)ability, and spirituality. I often work with people who... Read more

Karen Brodie

M.C., RCC
Take the first step towards healing.  At Open Heart we acknowledge that our work takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh... Read more
 ...Sharlene is currently taking new clients... In person and online available. 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... 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

Olivia Kienzel

M.Couns., RCC
**I am currently running a waitlist. Please feel free to inquire about joining it.** Olivia works with clients to transform their relationship to themselves, their lives, and the people they care about. She can... Read more

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