During the initial session, a biopsychoocial assessment will be completed via self report written information and a clinical interview. Initial assessments usually take 1-2 sessions to complete. For youth age 12 and under, parents will solely attend the initial session. If the child's parents are divorced, documentation outlining parents' ability to consent to treatment will need to be presented.
Assessments for Puberty Suppression, Hormone Therapy and/or Gender Affirmation Surgery
These assessments are designed to assess an individual’s psychological and practical preparedness for gender affirmative treatment and to document medical necessity. These assessments are completed in accordance with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care, 7th Ed. and are useful in helping substantiate medical necessity to receive insurance coverage. WPATH does NOT require a set number of individual sessions for these assessments but acknowledged that a sufficient number of sessions is needed to gather the necessary clinical information and address any barriers to care. The goal of these sessions is not to be a barrier to accessing care, but to be a bridge to quality care and to help an individual address any clinical barriers and plan for healthy treatment options. For individuals with limited barriers or clinical contraindications, these assessments can usually be completed within a few sessions. A collaborative framework is used throughout the assessment and documentation process.
These sessions often focus on common mental health challenges including treating depression, anxiety, and self-esteem/self-image. Specialized and affirming individual therapy is available for LGBQ and Transgender individuals. For transgender individuals, these sessions are often used to explore aspects of gender identity and expression, processing emotions in relation to transition, exploring ways of integrating one's gender identity and expression, processing distress around an individual's sense of gender incongruence and/or possible body dysphoria, building resilience, and addressing readiness factors for individuals in need of medically necessary gender affirming procedures (i.e. puberty suppression, hormone therapy, and surgery).
Family and Couples Sessions
Currently, family and couples sessions are limited to sessions aimed at helping individuals improve interpersonal dynamics and enhance understanding and affirmation within their family and intimate relationships, particularly in relation to an individual’s LGBTQ identity and/or gender transition. Parents will often make outreach to set up counseling services for their gender diverse or transgender child. Most, if not all counseling services for parents of gender diverse or transgender youth are with the parents. The focus of this work is to assist parents in creating an affirmative environment to support their child in experiencing a healthy gender development. Parents will learn how to be an advocate for their child within their family, school environment, and in the community.
Referrals to therapists with more specialized practices in ongoing couples and family therapy will be provided for those needing ongoing therapy to address substantive challenges with family and intimate relationships.
Consultation and Training Services
Consultation and training services are available for professionals and workplaces, particularly in relation to providing Transgender and LGBTQ affirming workplaces and/or clinical care.
Referrals will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the clinical needs of each individual.
$150 for the initial session and $125 for subsequent sessions. Each session will be one hour.
Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, and Optum/United. Please note: Some insurance companies do not provide coverage for Gender Dysphoria diagnoses (ex: F64.1). Please call your insurance provider to verify your benefits.