Trans Counselling

The topic of transgender identities has become more prevalent in recent years. Additional national support has meant a further understanding of gender fluidity, as opposed to the outdated concept of gender binary of male-female, with space in between. This has led to improved policy to provide transgender support, quality care, and affirmation.

Transgender is the “recognition or awareness that one is a member of one sex and not the other and how one perceives oneself to be in terms of being male or female. It is an inner feeling of comfort knowing that one’s body is congruent with self-concept”.

When working with individuals who identify as transgender, or any form of non-binary gender identity, there are additional, specific considerations that need to be recognized in order to help support individuals going through the journey of understanding themselves, their gender identity and their gender presentation.

Topics that can be worked on include:

  • support under the standards of practice set forth by WPATH.org
  • medical considerations and referral to psychiatry, endocrinology, and specialists who work with trans individuals
  • other community resources

This work includes knowledge specific to this area, referrals to these individuals, supportive resources and a good understanding of the gender dynamics specifically experienced by trans individuals.

Insight Psychological’s sex therapists not only specialize in trans issues but employ a full range of LGBTQ therapists who have direct first-hand experience in the community. We are a sex-positive agency who are comfortable working with any personal or sexual issues including those who are two-spirited, gender queer and post-op, etc.

We take great care to understand the pitfalls and roadblocks that are common when working on these topics, to ensure the best possible outcomes and services.

Transformations Program

TRANSFORMATIONS, Insight’s Gender Transition Program, offers initial assessment and consultation, medical referrals, and ongoing support to individuals who may be experiencing gender identity issues – including any degree of transgender expression, and/or considering SRS (sex reassignment surgery).

The program also includes counselling and therapy for individuals and family members who may also experience other issues such as trauma, sexual abuse, substance use/abuse, relational issues, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or actions, etc.

At Insight we strive to avoid:

  • Assuming that sexual orientation is the cause of all presenting issues
  • Minimizing sexual orientation
  • Attempting to over-identify with LGBT clients
  • Making stereotypical assumptions about LGBT clients
  • Using expressions of hetero-normative bias
  • Assuming that LGBT individuals need psychotherapeutic treatment
  • Using warnings about the dangers of identifying as LGBT

We strive to:

  • Use inclusive intake forms with gender-neutral terms
  • Relate to unique LGBT client challenges throughout a session
  • Display LGBT friendly symbols
  • Include the client’s partner in session, if appropriate
  • Treat them the same after sexual orientation disclosure
  • Ask about orientation only if pertinent
  • When asking, do so in an appropriate way & explain why

Contact Insight Psychological today to speak to one of our trained counsellors.

Brooke Hendricks

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Assessments

Dr. Yvonne Hindes

Calgary

Assessments

Deb Johansson

Online Counselling, Edmonton West

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples

Loriann Quinlan

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online Counselling

Adults, Seniors

Brandi Enns

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Damien Daly

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Assessments

Navpreet Johal

Calgary

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community, Assessments

Sabrina Brady

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Terri Philips

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community

Nikesha Deenoo

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, Sexuality

Kelly Jenny

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Raelene Tulick

Online Counselling, Calgary

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Karla Buchholz

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Natalie McMurray

Calgary, Online Counselling

Adults, Couples

Tracy Pham

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Assessments

Dr. Ivan Murray

Corporate Services

Jaci Freeman

Edmonton South

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors

Dr. Hendriatta Wong

Corporate Services

Bob Stenhouse

Corporate Services

Shirley Leonard

Corporate Services

Roy Langer

Corporate Services

Shaheel Hooda

Corporate Services

Lisa Standeven

Corporate Services

At this time, Insight Psychological does not have therapists who specialize in this specific area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you! Please contact us to talk with our Intake Personnel to find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your unique circumstances.