Local Psychotherapists Who Work with Transgender People/Issues
A gender therapist resource list for those in Sonoma County. All vetted and approved by The Queer Life radio show.
1. Frances Fuchs, PhD
Address: Santa Rosa, Downtown
Gender issues, grief/loss, recovery, relationships, anxiety, life transitions, Client-centered therapy, Expressive arts therapy, clinical hypnosis, individuals and couples. Queer rights advocate, many years experience with GLBTQI clients.
2. Shawn Giamniettei, PhD
Address 1: 1549 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa
Address 2: 999 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Over 10 years working directly with the trans population. Trains mental health practitioners in delivering culturally competent care to the trans community. Writes and researches in the field of transgender mental health, with a focus on families, trans youth, trauma, and intersections of identity (sexuality/racial ethnic/religious/ ability, etc.).
Specializes in family therapy (esp. with trans youth), couples counseling, parent training and support; uses EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Maudsley Method, Narrative & Mindfulness Approaches, and with issues of addiction, eating disorders, anxiety/depression, trauma, infidelity, sexual identity, and navigating mixed-orientation and poly relationships.
3. Judith Goleman
Address: 171 N. High Street, Sebastopol
Specializes in couples counseling. Transgender clients very welcome. “Be who you were born to be.” Accessible office.
4. Leslie Hansen, MFT
Address: 411 B Street, Suite 9, Petaluma
Couples, young adults, individuals. History of deep involvement with and support of trans people in professional and personal capacities. Co-organized 1st trans conference in Sonoma County. Work informed by attachment theory.
5. Debra J. Kelly, MFT (“Kelly”)
Address 1: 114 Sotoyome Street, Santa Rosa
Address 2: 1008 5th Street, Santa Rosa
Works with a view of the whole person – strengths, moving toward wholeness, not “pathology.” Supervises interns who accept low-fee. Active in queer community for many years, promoting health of sexual minorities. Works with clients of diverse gender identifications. Accepts insurance, has a sliding scale.
6. Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT
Address: Santa Rosa & Novato
Phone 1: (707) 547-0401
Phone 2: (415) 460-9500
Certified Gottman Therapist, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Expert couples counselor, inclusive of clients of any sexual or gender identity.
7. Jan Ogren, MFT
Address: 621 Cherry Street, Santa Rosa
Works through lens of systems: cultural/social/family systems and their effects on individuals including gender and sexual orientation; has trained clinicians on LGBTIQ concerns and polyamory. Sandtray and art therapy. Individual, couples, and family therapy.
8. Joanne Pashdag
Address: 7 Fourth St., Suite 13, Petaluma
Many years specializing in working with trans clients and involved at national and international levels in improvement in health services for trans people. Teaches Human Sexuality and more as a university psychology professor. Uses ä variety of therapeutic approaches, tailored to the client’s needs. Insurance: Aetna, Blue Shield, Healthnet, Medicare.
9. Judith Peletz, MFT
Address: 1144 Sonoma Ave., Suite 117, SR
Phone: 707-526-7720 ext. 315
Interest, some education and experience with working with transitioning people. Works with children, adolescents, and adults on loss and grief, self-esteem/personal growth, and more. Uses hypnosis. Accepts insurance (Blue Shield, Anthem Blue Cross, UBH and others), offers sliding scale when needed. Office is accessible.
Extensive personal and professional experience with gender exploration and transition. Specializing in working with gender and sexual identity, navigating polyamory, kink-acceptance, self-esteem, depression, effective communication, queer families, and family-building. Uses mindfulness work to achieve inner equilibrium and strength. Talk therapy, body-centered therapy, creative. Offers genuine love and support. EMDR for processing traumatic experiences. Individuals and couples. Offices are not accessible.
11. Kitty Wells, MFT
Address: 411 East St., Healdsburg
Subject: “confidential to Kitty”
Trauma recovery, improving negative beliefs about self, EMDR, affirms the integrity and worth of all people. Office is not accessible.
MFT = Marriage and Family Therapist (California license)
EMDR= Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a science-based technique for resolving trauma (and more) quickly.
Insurance: Ask the clinician about insurance. They may take yours, or they may submit claims to your insurance company if your insurance covers “out of network” providers.
12. Shanna Butler, MSW, Doctoral Candidate, Psychological Assistant PSB94021084
Supervised by Trudy Vandell, Psy.D PSY22153
Address: 7765 Healdsburg Ave. Sebastopol
Phone: (707) 634.7793
Shanna offers Jungian inspired psychotherapy for adults, couples, and youth. By integrating work with the unconscious, mindfulness and other somatic techniques, both body and psyche are invited to come into full awareness. Dream work, and EMDR may also be integrated to support the shifts and changes desired. More than ten years experience working within the LGBTQ community. Specific expertise in supporting transgender and genderqueer adults, youth, partners, and family members. Additional areas of specialization include addictions, trauma, spiritual and creative struggles, and relational issues.