Gender Affirming Therapy NYC
What is Gender Affirming Therapy?
Gender Affirming Therapy is therapy that affirms or supports your gender identity without trying to “repair” or modify it.
Based on this perspective, Gender Affirming Therapy can consist of a range of interventions, including talk therapy designed to help you navigate the emotions surrounding your gender conflict, to medical treatments used to make you biologically more aligned to your identified gender.
The type of intervention(s) will be based on your personal and specific needs, and can be determined between you and your therapist. If you are under age 18, you will need parental consent for medications (hormone therapy) or surgery; notably, surgery is rarely provided to individuals under 18.
How can I benefit from Gender Affirming Therapy?
If you are transgender or non-gender conforming, there is a good chance you have experienced forms of transphobia, stigma, and discrimination.
These feelings can lead to trauma, and complex trauma with repeated experiences over time.
You may also have experienced feelings of shame from being perceived as different or flawed as compared to others.
Additionally, rates of depression are nearly three times higher among transgender youth. This discrepancy can be attributed to a lack of societal support and stigma towards transgender and non-gender conforming individuals.
Finally, rates of self-harm and suicidal thinking are much more common among transgender and non-gender conforming individuals, and it is estimated that nearly half have attempted suicide in their lifetime.
Individually, each of these mental health issues deserve therapy and treatment. For transgender or non-gender conforming individuals who have likely faced many or all of these mental health issues, therapy and treatment is imperative. Further, having a safe space to talk about gender and identity issues is often much needed, when there is little support from others.
Work with an NYC gender affirming therapist at Integrative Psych
Integrative Psych is an NYC-based private practice specializing in the therapy and treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals. Many of our clients are based in Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey, Manhattan (Chelsea, Village, Lower East Side, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Tribeca, SoHo), Connecticut, Westchester but our therapists are licensed to treat anyone in the state of New York.
Integrative Psych takes a compassionate, comprehensive and holistic approach to gender affirming therapy. Decisions about what treatment or treatments to pursue are made as a team, between you and your therapist. Once you have begun care with us, we will see you regularly to monitor your progress and make any adjustments necessary to ensure that you benefit fully from your treatment at Integrative Psych.
If you’re seeking therapy and interested in working with one of our LGBTQ+ identifying therapists, book an appointment here.