One might not be sure how far they’ll need to transition — in fact, they may not even be sure at first that they’re trans.
For that reason, a good counselor or therapist at the beginning of one’s transition is crucial.
Yet even if one’s heart already knows where their journey must take them, an inclusive and well-educated therapist is the ticket to receiving the letters necessary for any further steps in that journey. Many therapists, especially in South Florida, will even have connections with other trans-friendly doctors and are able to connect patients with clinics that currently accept patients for various types of trans-related care such as hormone therapy or various types of reconstructive surgeries (many of which may not advertise themselves).
In addition, many years of closeted living can result in other traumas for trans people. The safe, confidential space that therapists can provide is often enough to help one draw the line in the sand between their struggles as they learn to navigate their identity.
Depending on where someone is located or what their financial situation is, a reputable therapist may be tough to come by. The best option is often to start by asking a local LGBT center for recommendations. Many centers even have in-house therapists who are able to speak with new clients about transitioning.
If you are planning to come out, having a professional who is familiar with the experiences of the transgender community to connect with and speak privately to about your experience is vital.
The list below is not a substitute for any professional recommendations, nor is there any guarantee they will accept your insurance or preferred form of payment. The best way to find out if your situation may be accommodated is to call. It may take multiple attempts to find a suitable match for your situation.
Palm Beach, Florida 33480
Lawrence J. Levy, Psy.D., P.A.
398 Camino Gardens Boulevard, Suite 207
Boca Raton, Florida 33432
Andre Caruso, Psychologist, Psy.D.
4390 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
Lexa Bender, Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MA
Counseling and Wellness Center of South Florida
11011 Sheridan Street, Suite 211
Hollywood, Florida 33026
Angel Lopez-Griman, Counselor, LMHC, NCC, MCAP
2000 S Dixie HWY Suite 104
Miami, Florida 33133
SFGN does not officially endorse the reputability of any of the above therapists. If you are interested in receiving help but are unsure where to begin, you can reach out to the Trans Services Department at SunServe.org/Programs/Transgender-Services.