Welcome This maybe your first stop or attempt at discovering some answers to your deepest and inner most feelings of self. Your IDENTITY. Who am I? What am I? Why do I have these feelings? Are their others like me? Or maybe you have seen some behavior in a loved one that maybe incongruent with their outward gender appearance and you are looking for answers to these questions.
I have walked this difficult path of self discovery. I would not have survived if it was not for my friends, many of whom are also on this same journey and from the help of those who have gone before me. But the biggest support and help I received was from my therapist Jo Ann Simmons Walker. This is not a shameless plug for her but a sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart and a note to others who are looking that this is a very important decision you are about to make. I needed professional help. I saw many therapists before I was fortunate enough to find JoAnn.
I hope through my experience and the experience from my friend who put this web site together that we can help you find a qualified Therapist quickly and more easily than if you had to start from scratch.
FIRST You need to be comfortable with your therapist and be comfortable enough to develop a high level of trust. If you do not feel this happening with in the first couple of visits you may want to consider changing. Follow your heart and your gut feelings. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
SECOND Most Therapists follow the Harry Benjamin Standards Of Care. While this is increasingly becoming more controversial because some view this as a gate keeper technique used to grant some and not others permission to legally change their birth sex; It's intent rather is to protect first and foremost you! It is to protect you the client from making a possibly wrong life altering decision and secondly to protect the practitioners in this profession from litigation.
LASTLY A therapist will help you if you so desire work out other area's of your life. I wanted to make sure that the feelings I was having were not caused by any childhood experience or trauma and that what I was feeling was in fact gender disphoria.
You can find much much more information on this subject through out this web-site. Please use it often and refer to other's if you find it useful. If you do find it useful please let myself Renee' Sasse' or Paris Leisure know by writing us a quick e-mail.
Rancho Cucamonga Jo Ann Simmons Walker, MS Marriage, Family & child Therapist, 9089 Baseline Road, Suite 200 Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730 (909) 980-3567 Jo Ann has extensive work with TS people.
Redlands Dr. Bill Shearer and wife, Robin Founders of Alternative Group Inc. 1902 Orange Tree Lane Suite 150, Redlands, CA 92373 (909) 798-4668 Groups web site: http://www.alternativegroupinc.com/index.htm
San Bernardino Christine Smith - Therapist, Kaiser Mental Health 325 W. Hospitality Lane San Bernardino, CA 92508 (909) 386-5500
Jasvinder Kaur - Psychiatrist Kaiser Mental Health 325 W. Hospitality Lane San Bernardino, CA 92508 (909) 386-5500
Lynn L. Nickens, MSW, LCSW LCS 18158 1264 S. Waterman Avenue, Suite 54, San Bernardino, CA 92408, (909) 890-9520 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Angeles Cindie Henrie (323) 829-3548 www.therapist4me.com). Experience with transgender clients, Online sessions via a webcam.
Alexander Yoo, M.A. 6310 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 410 Los Angeles, CA 90035 www.alexanderyoo.com (310) 773-3484
West Hollywood Maddie Deutsch, MD 8350 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 104 West Hollywood, CA 90069 323.219.2469 Maddie@DoctorMaddie.com http://www.doctormaddie.com