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Transgender Therapy Orlando and Finding a Therapist Near Me

Transgender therapy Orlando and finding a trans-affirmative therapist can be an intimidating task. It can be difficult to discern if a therapist is affirming of the transgender community. Many therapists say they work in this field but do not have the proper training. The following article is intended to assist those looking for transgender therapy in Orlando and to answer commonly asked questions. If you would like assistance connecting with a transgender affirmative therapist, contact us today to schedule a free phone consultation and/or a first session.

In order to find a gender therapist (a therapist who has a working knowledge of the gender spectrum and related issues), you need to know where to look. Therapists and the agencies that they work for will often advertise themselves as LGBTQ+ affirming, meaning they are welcoming and supportive of the LGBTQ+ community.

Therapists who have specialized experience working with issues related to and surrounding the gender spectrum, will typically list these experiences and qualifications so you are able to easily locate them. Keeping this in mind, it is important to look for these qualifications while searching for a gender therapist near you. 

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Transgender Therapy Orlando – Find The Right Fit

Once you find a therapist that seems like a good fit, you you will want to call them.  During your free consultation and/or your first session, feel free to ask your therapist questions about their experience related to gender identity and expression. If you have specific questions or concerns about the process of therapy, you can ask these questions directly. It will ultimately impact your personal comfort level and thus, impact the therapeutic relationship between you and your counsellor. 

Pay attention to your own intuition and comfort level when speaking with a new therapist. Finding a gender therapist can be an intimidating task. Make sure to check-in with your own comfort level along the way. If you feel hesitant to engage with a particular therapist, it is important to evaluate if this hesitancy is stemming from a general nervousness about the process of starting therapy.  It could possibly stem from not feeling connected and forming a rapport with the therapist. Trust your intuition and know that it is normal to feel nervous about beginning therapy. 

Therapist Approval for HRT and other Gender-Related Procedures 

If you would to find a therapist to approve HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and/or another gender-related procedure for yourself or a loved one, it is important that this is communicated prior to starting therapy. Discussing this process with your therapist grants you the opportunity to know if this is a service the therapist can offer. In addition to informing you about the process of obtaining an approval letter and/or other required paperwork.  Of course, it is important to first ensure that they are affirming of the transgender community. You want a therapist you can feel comfortable sharing with. 

When having this discussion with a therapist, specify exactly what it is that you are wanting to undergo. For example, male-to-female (MTF) hormone replacement therapy (HRT), female-to-male (FTM) HRT, or MTF/FTM gender reassignment surgery. It is important that both you and your therapist are aware of your goals for therapy. You will want to feel comfortable enough to communicate these goals. 

If you are looking for transgender therapy in Orlando or in surrounding areas outside of Orlando then give us a call. We would love to provide you with support and guidance. You may utilize our “book appointment” button to schedule a free15-minute phone consultation. You can also sign up directly online for a session. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about starting therapy.