What is a Gender Therapist?

                                                                                                                                              By: Zander Keig, LCSW

The Gender Therapist

A Gender Therapist is a licensed professional behavioral health practitioner who specializes in working with individuals, couples and families navigating a Gender Transition. A Gender Transition consists of medical, social and/or legal steps taken by an individual. A medical transition consists of taking cross-sex hormones for the purpose of developing opposite sex secondary characteristics and undergoing surgical treatments to reconstruct the body. For example, a natal (genetic) female taking testosterone would develop facial hair, deeper voice and fat redistribution. A social transition involves selecting particular clothing, hairstyles and mannerisms associated with the opposite sex. For example, a natal male wearing female clothing. A legal transition occurs when an individual acquires a Court Ordered Gender Change or obtains a US Passport or a Birth Certificate with an opposite sex designation. The Gender Therapist can work with you manage your emotional and physical developments through those transitions.

 

Gender Dysphoria

Many individuals who desire to undergo a Gender Transition experience Gender Dysphoria. Gender Dysphoria is a felt incongruence, which exists when the expected Gender Identification associated with the designated Birth Sex does not align. For example, a person designated female at birth who grows up to be a man will experience Gender Dysphoria to varying degrees from mild to severe prior to embarking on their Gender Transition.

 The Role of the Gender Therapist

The Gender Therapist’s role is to apply, at a minimum, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People (SOC v7). Per WPATH “[M]ental health professionals should have familiarity with gender nonconformity, act with appropriate cultural competence, and exhibit sensitivity in providing care (pg. 21, SOC v7).” In addition, mental health providers working with individuals, couples and families navigating a Gender Transition must exercise a “basic general clinical competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health concerns  (pg. 22, SOC v7).”

How Can a Gender Therapist Help You?

As your Gender Therapist, I will assess your Gender Dysphoria, provide you with social, legal and medical transition information, diagnosis any co-occurring conditions, advocate on your behalf, and recommend you for cross-sex hormone therapy and top surgery. I am also available to conduct assessments for those seeking genital reconstruction surgery once you meet criteria, per WPATH SOC (v7). In addition, I will assist your loved ones who are navigating their own transition as you shift from son to daughter or wife to husband, etc.

 

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Zander Keig is a CA Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience working with transgender individuals navigating a Gender Transition. He is an appointed member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Committee for LGBT Issues; a designated NASW, US Veterans Affairs and Department of Navy Transgender Subject-Matter Expert, published author/editor; and sought-after Diversity & Inclusion trainer/speaker/facilitator.

Qwerky Coliving -The Home for Entrepreneurs

Qwerky Coliving - A Housing Experience for Entrepreneurs

This episode of The Coaching Through Chaos Podcast features my interview with David Lowe, founder, of Qwerky Coliving.  Qwerky is a home in San Diego where entrepreneurs, digital nomads, virtual assistants, and other motivated individuals can come and live for a week or for a year (or more!). Qwerky is in its initial phase of it's launch.  Their Bootcamp launch weekend was Jun17-18th, just at the start of Start Up Week.  The stay at the home is designed as a personalized experience designed to meet the individual's needs.  This means in addition to providing a home environment in which such inivudals can find a productivity-focused environment, they will also be made aware of community ammenities that are available as well as being made aware of certain business connections that could benefit their goals.

Listen in as we discuss:

- David's motivation to start Qwerky Coliving,

- The ups and downs of the entrepreneur's journey

- David's previous start-up success, Uber Pong

- Plans for Qwerky Coliving houses in other cities.

- How you can get involved with the Qwerky Coliving community

 

Resources:

website: Qwerky Coliving

email: hi@qwerkycoliving.com

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