Harvey Feldman Counseling ,  LLC

Clinical Work with Gender Diverse Children and Families

Gender Affirmative Care

Gender affirmative care is considered best practice in working with youth and families across settings. The American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, all endorse this approach as most protective for youth and their families when examining long term medical and mental health outcomes. Gender diverse youth who are affirmed in their identity have mental health outcomes much like those of their cisgender peers. Those who are not affirmed experience significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety, and risk for self-harm (source: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Gender-Affirming-Care-January-2020.pdf.) 

Gender Affirmative Clinical Practices at Harvey Feldman Counseling

HFC begins with the idea that a child or adolescent is best equipped to understand who they are. HFC prioritizes support of social transition at the youth’s initiation and pace, in order to reduce distress and risk for self-harm.

      HFC works closely with families in order to support all in understanding and affirming a child or adolescent's identity. Family work and family therapy are integral parts of the process of helping gender diverse youth accept themselves and thrive.

       HFC sees partnership with schools, medical providers, and other community support as essential in supporting youth. HFC can work with parents and/or guardians to establish short term communication as necessary in order to reduce barriers for expression of gender authentically.

      HFC also works with families in the exploration of gender affirming medical care, including puberty blockers and/or cross hormone therapy. More information about gender affirming medical care is available below.

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