Are you ready to become a more affirming therapist?

In this Training You Will:

Learn more than basic terminology, names and pronouns and gender neutral language.

Learn the historical context of gender identity, deep dive into dysphoria and all aspects of transitioning, and common mental health issues.

Increase your competence & comfort in working with gender diverse adults.

Learn a variety of therapy topics that may arise in this work, and be able to modify what you already do to enable a more positive therapeutic experience for trans & non-binary individuals.

In This Training You Will:

Get specific suggestions on ways to make your practice more welcoming and affirming from the waiting room, to paperwork, and how you market.

Get suggestions will be provided on how to be an ally and advocate for gender diverse clients in and out of the therapy office.

Be prepared to write letters in support of gender affirming medical care when needed.

Obtain ideas on related areas of growth, how to keep increasing your knowledge and competence.


In This Training You Will:

Watch client videos of therapy sessions with two clients allow you to hear their own lived experiences, thoughts, and influences on their gender identity.

Hear from a trans man's experience and one individual trying to figure out how exactly they identify and how that clarifies over time for them.

See a trans man's experience post bottom surgery and the issues that get triggered.

See an EMDR reprocessing session around internalized transphobia. 

Dr Colette Lord

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (CA)

Certified Transgender Care Therapist

Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist

EMDR Consultant-In-Training


Learning objectives:

  • Define terminology related to gender identity
  • Critique the representation of gender diversity as a strictly white phenomena
  • Critique current discussions around trans and non-binary identities given the existence of other gendered identities in pre-colonial groups in Mexico, Hawaii, and among indigenous groups in North America such as the Lakota nation
  • Name the range of oppressive/transphobic experiences gender diverse individuals experience and how those experiences vary by other other identity factors such as race and how these experiences  might show up in therapy
  • Specify the additional barriers that older trans and non-binary adults face in seeking health services
  • Summarize the different components of transitioning
  • Define dysphoria and formulate appropriate therapeutic interventions accordingly
  • Identify ways to modify intake paperwork, marketing and the clinic atmosphere to be more welcoming to trans and non-binary individuals
  • Evaluate one’s ability, ethics and preparedness to write letters in support for clients in need of medical interventions
  • Identify various microaggressions in the therapy to avoid
  • Name a number of various possible therapy topics that may come up in treatment with this population
  • Review how to build cultural humility through building knowledge, awareness, and skills in working with the diversity among gender diverse communities and related power structures
  • Name the aspects of Community Cultural Wealth Resources and how to use this framework to identify cultural strengths and  build rapport and trust in the therapeutic relationship
  • Specify common negative experiences (targets) clients may need to be reprocessed/addressed
  • Identify oppressive cognitions and how they represent the impact of historic and current oppression on clients
  • Apply possible modifications needed at each stage of EMDR therapy with gender diverse clients
  • Explain the benefits of having therapists who are both aware of and willing to discuss clients' intersecting identities

Get the tools you need

  • From this training you will learn all of the language and terminology.
  • Get concrete tools to help make your practice more affirming and welcoming to trans and non-binary clients.
  • Feel confident in writing letters in support of gender affirming medical care.
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