Reconciling Faith and Your Gender Identity: Living Authentically

The topic of faith and acceptance from God is something I know many people in the transgender and LGBTQ community struggle with.  I have struggled with my own journey of belief.  If you were raised as a strict, or devout in yours or your parents’ beliefs, questions of love and acceptance may arise.  You may be afraid of being unwanted...[ read more ]

Gender Dysphoria and Mindful Self Compassion

  What is Gender Dysphoria? It’s a mental health diagnosis that clinicians use when people are different from their assigned at birth gender.  It’s also used to describe the feelings of dislike for their body related to gender some people have for themselves. Gender Dysphoria and the DSM V The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, is...[ read more ]

Self Love to Battle Gender Dysphoria

  Self Love for Low Self Esteem It’s cold in Atlanta, Georgia today. This weekend, as I warm up,  I have been thinking a lot about self-love. Self-Love and positive affirmations can increase self-esteem, battle gender dysphoria and decrease moments of depression.  Positive affirmations can be hard to say at first, as you might not be used to talking to...[ read more ]

Is It Time To Start Your Gender Transition?

Is 2018 the year you start your transition?  Is it the year you come out to your friends and family or at work? Have you made a resolution to yourself this year that you intend to keep?  I don’t tend to make resolution’s every year, but I do think it’s an exciting time of year to initiate changes in your...[ read more ]

Real Life Experience for Transgender Hormone Therapy? Not Anymore.

  You don’t need Real Life Experience (RLE) for your HRT letter. You heard me correctly.  If you are transgender, you don’t need real life experience for your hormone replacement therapy letter.  Real life experience in your actual gender harks back to a time when it was required in the WPATH standards of care and in some cases, can have...[ read more ]

Transgender Affirming Rural Options

  Rural areas of Georgia and areas throughout the United States generally have some catching up to do with trans affirming care. I often hear that there are limited options for trans affirming care in areas throughout the state of Georgia.  So, what help is available for you if you can’t make it to an affirming provider in person? In...[ read more ]

Winter Holidays and Family Gatherings

  Everything is set out in the stores, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and all will all be alive and happening in the next month and a half.  My families traditions in Georgia, are to gather multiple times throughout the holiday to celebrate, give thanks and spend time with family.  However, the upcoming holiday season can be hard if...[ read more ]

Attending Atlanta Pride and WPATH

  Over the past two weekends I have been able to participate in Atlanta Pride as outreach to the transgender community and LGBTQ community. I also went to Ohio to attend the Transforming Care conference and WPATH GEI certification training. It’s been a busy two weeks, but I have learned so much about the Atlanta community and new research. Atlanta...[ read more ]

Creative Coping Skills for Gender Dysphoria

A bunch of ballons for deep breathing

I feel like what I hear a lot in therapy about coping skills is, " I have tried all of that before and it never works ". There are lists upon lists on the internet of coping skills.  How do you know which ones will work for you if you have tried the most taught? Deep Breathing with a Balloon...[ read more ]

Attending the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

philidelphia trans health conference 2017

  This time last week I was flying back from Philadelphia to Atlanta from The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, where thousands of transgender, gender fluid, gender non binary, allies, parents and professionals met for three days.  The conference was a wonderful experience for me. I was able to become more educated on issues related to the transgender community and mental...[ read more ]

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