Being true to yourself is one of the hardest things to do.
It requires you to be vulnerable with yourself and others- I’m here to help you on your journey.
Finding a gay-affirming therapist can be surprisingly difficult in Miami. It is very hard to know whether or not your counselor is knowledgable and compassionate about sexuality and all the issues that may arise. As a therapist that not only has dealt with these issues on a personal level but has also had a lot of training in the area, rest assured that Ms. Kreinberg understands what you are going through. Whatever the problems are you want to talk about we can explore things, openly, honestly and without judgment.
Some areas that you may want to explore:
-Lack of acceptance
-Identifying and accepting your gender
-Transgender counseling (link to separate page about transgender)
-Finding your place on the spectrum
-Coming out to family and friends
-Anxiety and stress related to your identity
Gender dysphoria is the new proposed diagnosis in the DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) that replaces Gender Identity Disorder. Gender Dysphoria can be present in children as well as in adults and is an incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and the assigned gender given at birth.To simplify this, let us look at it in this way, someone with a male brain that was born with a female body or someone with a female brain born in a male body. For most people this causes significant distress and many opt to transition to their expressed gender.
Here at the Mind Wellness Center we provide help to parents who wish to understand more about their children’s experiences and help them through that. For teens and adults we help to understand if hormones or future surgery is something they may want to think about. Monika Kreinberg provides letters for recommendation for hormones or surgery and following the WPath Standards of Care. Please contact the center should you have any questions or just email us for a free 15 minute consultation session.
The coming out process for many is a difficult one and for many lifelong. This involves the development of a positive gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender identify that consist of many different stages. Many individuals first struggle to learn how to accept themselves, challenging their own homophobic and discriminatory beliefs, that they learned from their environment. This may be easier for some than for others. As they will move from feeling safe and more accepting of who they are, yet untrue to others, they may decide to then want to be more genuine with their friends and family and express their true feelings and identity.
A counselor is not only an ally and facilitator in this journey but also someone that can help them understand themselves better, work on possible trauma that they have had and help them give them resources that can make this process a little easier. The work is done by the individual but often times this is a scary moment and being able to process these emotions as they occur can help them have a better future and become more secure about who they are.
Challenges are hard- but they are worth it.