Therapists Specializing in Gender Identity & Transgender Health in New York

Transgender and gender-nonconforming people experience the same types of mental health challenges as people whose gender identity corresponds with the sex they were born with. These mental health challenges may occur for reasons that have nothing to do with gender identity, or they may be related to the unique challenges experienced by people who are gender diverse. For example, research indicates that transgender people experience higher rates of mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety.

If you are experiencing mental health challenges, participating in therapy with a provider who has knowledge and experience in gender identity issues can help, whether or not your concerns are specifically related to your unique gender identity. Many therapists in this field identify as non-binary or transgender, and you may find that you are more comfortable working with a therapist who shares a similar identity as yours.

Just about any therapy type can be applied to challenges related to gender identity. To determine the best-fitting approach, discuss your specific situation with a therapist in New York below who specializes in gender identity and transgender health. These providers are aware of the need to understand unique gender identity issues and provide culturally sensitive help. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Simone  LaVerne

Simone LaVerne

140 West 71st Street, New York, NY, 10023

Online Sessions, NY

Insurances: Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $110 - $175 per session

Whatever you are going through, I can offer you a safe space to work through what you are feeling, whether it be anxiety, fear, sadness, shame, or simple uncertainty. I am an intuitive presence, with a careful ear. I will tell you what it is I'm picking up, and we will work together to figure out what the next step is.


Wardeh  Hattab

Wardeh Hattab

26 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11242

116 West 23rd Street, New York, NY, 10011

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $200 per session

It can feel daunting to begin therapy. You may know you are struggling with your relationships, work, or personal fulfillment yet it can feel difficult to seek help. In my practice, I will work with you in a safe space to explore and address the difficulties the prevent you from living a fulfilling life.


Alice  Ellerbeck

Alice Ellerbeck

303 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10016

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

If you are struggling to succeed in work or school, having problems with relationships, dealing with anxiety, depression or loneliness, therapy can help you to get unstuck so that you can feel stronger and more in control of your life.   In my practice, I work to create a safe space where you can explore the things that are getting in your way, as well as identify the strengths that you already possess.  

Together we can work to discover old patterns of relating that may be holding you back from feeling confident and being able to achieve your goals.  My style is warm and empathic. I believe in the power of therapy to help you heal, grow, and become your best self. 


Sumathy Desarae Applewhite

Sumathy Desarae Applewhite

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I’ve wanted to be a therapist since high school. I wanted to be what I didn’t have as a multiracial, only child, growing up with parents who abused drugs and alcohol on a daily basis and would often get violent with each other. I have always wanted to be someone who support others in their journey and struggles with racial and sexual identity and who they are without the labels, which would have been priceless for me during my journey and struggles with the same.

My clients have expressed that their sessions with me leave them feeling cathartic and as feeling a real human connection with someone who cares about their wellbeing. I take a genuine interest in every individual that I work with as human beings and not just as a “client”. I work very hard to ensure that therapy feels authentic with a natural and productive flow.


Hartselle and Associates

Hartselle and Associates

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $1000 per session

Hartselle & Associates is a small, client-focused practice with a tailored approach to fit each patient's unique needs.
The physicians at Hartselle & Associates provide premium service for busy adults, children, and families who are looking to maximize results with a trusted clinician.


Polina  Kodess

Polina Kodess

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $195 per session

Are you tired of fights with yourself and your close ones? Do you feel anxious, drained, and defeated? I believe it is possible to overcome your struggles to create a more balanced self. You deserve to be happy with your personal life, your productivity, your relationships, and your body.

I can understand if your heart feels heavy. Many people want to feel connected and at ease with their homes and work, but many people struggle with relationships in these spaces. I can help people who have to act strong and who are holding it together no matter what. When it comes to the point where changes are inevitable, let's work together to create GOOD changes in your relationships and your life!

I am a compassionate and goal-oriented therapist and would be proud to work together to find a process that really works for you! I can help you to feel good about yourself and your life projects. I look forward to working with you as you become a more satisfied person!


Heather  Genovese

Heather Genovese

850 7th Avenue, New York, NY, 10019

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 - $300 per session

We live in a busy world where we are all distracted by work, phones, and various activities. Therapy offers you an opportunity to stop all that for a moment. Moments are all we have, and if you are moving through them too fast, or without noticing, you are at risk of depression and anxiety. You may feel robotic and like you are constantly striving but you are unsure why. We all have inner worlds that collide with our outside experience. In therapy we can take the time to explore both and build an understanding that can allow you the space to feel more satisfied in life.


Anthony  Cianci IV

Anthony Cianci IV

115 West 30th Street, New York, NY, 10001

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

I believe that the central goal of all psychotherapy is to develop the ability to put into words our thoughts, feelings, memories and fantasies. I am attentive, supportive and encourage reflection on both past and present life experiences. I strive to create a environment that encourages openness and vulnerability and place high value in a strong, working therapeutic relationship. I strongly believe that psychotherapy offers the potential to better understand oneself in an effort towards healing, growth and change.


Rahim  Rahemtulla

Rahim Rahemtulla

220 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10001

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $475 per session

Just as every individual is unique, so is their treatment. So it is my job to create a meaningful and appropriate treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. My approach to medicine is thoughtful and cautious; I will suggest the need for medication, but only when necessary and appropriate. I also value psychotherapy, and view it as a deeply personal, individualized, and dynamic process. Therapy is a place to share, unburden, and grow. By sharing my understanding of your concerns with empathy and respect, I hope to help you find insight into and relief from your adversities, and enhance your personal life so you may achieve healthier relationships with yourself and others.


Juan  Williams

Juan Williams

Online Sessions, NY

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

Therapy can be a uncomfortable and unfamiliar process. These are natural feelings and are perfectly normal to have when contemplating therapy. Building the courage to seek emotional support for yourself and/or family members is a courageous step and as a clinician, I commend you for taking that first step! In practice, I am seen as a supportive, personable and relatable therapist who can support and normalize emotional responses to a multitude of challenges including relationships dynamics, family conflicts, LGBTQ, gender identity and Trans attractions, depression, anxiety and issues concerning race relations.


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