Gender Therapist Resource List – Sonoma County

Local Psychotherapists Who Work with Transgender People/Issues

A gender therapist resource list for those in Sonoma County. This list is created and updated by Kris Spangler, MFT as a service to the gender-expansive community.

Last updated from here on November 12, 2017.

  1. Patrick Armstrong, L MFT (LMFT52956)
    Address: Sonoma Family Therapy, Inc. 2635 Cleveland Ave, Ste 10, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 483-9061 ext. 5 or (707) 303-0638

    Works with individuals, young adults, couples, teens. Extensive personal and professional experience on LGBTQ+ and Transgender issues. Has worked with the LGBTQ+ community providing a variety of peer and social services since 1983 and has worked as a therapist since 2007. Works with the whole web of gender exploration, sexual identity, sexual (polyamory, kink, etc.) and life expression, diversity, non-conformity, and HIV/AIDS. Assists with navigating gender transitioning including preparing for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and surgery. Available to consult on cases.  Has worked with adults of all ages, including older LGBT adults. Strengths-based feminist view and utilizes cognitive and behavioral therapies as needed. Sliding scale available. Expects to be approved by Beacon Health Options no later than 01/2018.

  2. Anne G. Babin, PsyD (PSY28354)
    Address: 819 Third St, Ste 103, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 385-1681

    Background and therapeutic approach centered in relational psychoanalysis. Works with individual adults, couples, teens, and groups. Practice includes working with the LGBTQ+ community and particularly those who identify as transgender or gender expansive/nonconforming. A primary focus is establishing a safe space to deeply explore and affirm core gender and/or sexual identity and expression, which for some can feel like a continually evolving process. Currently works with those who are in various stages of transitioning and offers consultation to clinicians serving TGNC clients. In 2017, Dr. Babin was elected to the executive board of the Redwood Psychological Association, with a personal commitment to bringing TGNC-focused continuing education to North Bay clinicians. Office is wheelchair accessible; sliding scale available.

  3. Cathy Beardsley, MFT (MFC82422)
    Address: 850 Third Street, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 326-6476

    Experienced working with transgender individuals and couples. Other specializations: working with LGBT community; PTSD and trauma resolution, especially sexual assault; chemical dependency. Works collaboratively, feminist approach. Accessible office. Accepts Beacon insurance and Mutual of Omaha EAP. Sliding scale.

  4. Shanna Butler, MSW, Doctoral Candidate, Psychological Assistant (PSB94021084)
    Supervisor: Trudy Vandell, Psy.D PSY22153
    Phone: (707) 634-7793

    Offering Jungian-inspired psychotherapy for adults, couples, and youth. Extensive experience working within the LGBTQ community. Specific expertise in supporting transgender, and genderqueer adults, youth, significant others, and family members. Additional areas of emphasis include addictions, trauma, spiritual and creative struggles, and relational issues.

  5. Nicholas DeMara, PhD  (PSY11155)
    Address: 722 Spring St, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 568-6542

    More than 20 years working extensively with trans people. Provides diagnosis, helps establish readiness for hormone therapy; works with identity development, issues of transitioning; provides supportive therapy. Specializes in work with LGBT people. Previously on Surgical Board for Sexual Reassignment for Kaiser. Speaks Spanish, Italian. Takes Medicare and Medi-Cal, will bill as “out of network” provider. Offers sliding scale. Office accessible. Pronouns: he/him.

  6. Shawn V. Giammattei, PhD(PSY22570)
    Address: 1049 4th Street, Suite G, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (415) 722-7134
    Address: 2014 10th Avenue, San Francisco

    A gender specialist with over 16 years working with transgender and gender creative individuals, couples and families across the lifespan using an integrative, collaborative and attachment-centered approach. Specializing in family therapy (esp. with trans youth), couples counseling, parent training as well as individual counseling. Extensive training in Narrative, Mindfulness, EMDR, Emotion-Focused, Gottman Method (Level II), CBT and DBT models of treatment. Has also worked extensively with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, sexual identity issues, mixed-orientation marriages, polyamory/kink, and transition to parenthood. Educator and researcher in the field of LGBT mental health and teaches graduate students and community agencies to deliver culturally competent care to the LGBTQ community. Santa Rosa office is accessible. Is willing to do single case agreements with insurance companies or provide invoices to be reimbursed as an “out of network” provider. Some sliding scale spots may be available for those in need.

  7. Diane Gleim, MFT, CST (MFT44429)
    Address: 320 10th Street, Suite 302, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 535-9650

    Diane is an experienced and sex-positive Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the only AASECT Certified Sex Therapist in Sonoma County. She helps clients with sexual identity, sexual expression, and sexual relationship issues. Diane works with individuals and couples ages 18-80 and beyond and has extensive training and experience working with the LGBTQQIAH community. Diane has supported people through their transition (HRT, gender confirmation surgeries) as well as navigating life and sexual relationships afterwards. Her style is warm, accepting, and strengths-based. Diane also teaches, trains and provides consultations to other therapists regarding human sexuality issues in psychotherapy. Her office is ADA accessible. Please see her website for insurance and fee questions. Diane was voted 2017’s Best Sex Therapist in Napa and Sonoma Counties by the readers of the North Bay Bohemian.

  8. Leslie Hansen, MFT (MFT20087)
    Address: 7 Fourth St, Suite 31, Petaluma; 806 Shady Oak Dr, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 483-5153

    Couples, young adults, individuals, parents of gender expansive youth. History of deep involvement with and support of trans community in professional and personal capacities. Questioning folks welcome. Co-organized 1st trans conference in Sonoma County in 2008 and participates in the organizing and presentation of the annual trans community building conferences. Resource Therapist for Positive Images, a local organization that supports and advocates for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. More info on profile at Insurance: Magellan, Blue Shield, and Beacon/Partnership and will bill any PPO insurance. Sliding scale available.  Both offices near bus lines.  Petaluma office is not accessible; however, I will consider home visits for clients in Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa. Member of CAMFT, RECAMFT and WPATH.

  9. Claudia Haskel, MFT (MFC83224)
    Address 1: 2770 Stony Point Road, Suite F, Santa Rosa
    Address 2: 7765 Healdsburg Avenue, Suite 18, Sebastopol
    Phone: (707) 595-0049

    A gender specialist, provides caring and collaborative psychotherapy for adolescents, adults and couples who are transitioned, in the process of transitioning or questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. Certified LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapist by the American Assoc. of Marriage and Family Therapists. Private practice in Sebastopol. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with trans and queer couples and Existential and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for trauma addiction, anxiety and depression. Help with coming out and transitioning in one’s family life and career.  Member of RECAMFT; the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH); CAMFT and Gaylesta, a  LGBTQ Psychotherapy Association. Evening and weekend appointments, reduced fees available. Offices accessible.


  10. Ondina Nandine Hatvany, MFT (MFC38780)

    Offices in Sonoma, Mill Valley and San Francisco
    Phone: (415) 381-1065

    Queer identified therapist, specializing in working with the LGBTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, allies, pansexual) communities; including gender-creative, gender non-conforming, and non-binary folks. Works with teens, adults and couples/ partners where one or both members are transitioning. All forms of relationship are welcome – traditional and any others, including but not limited to poly/open, kink/ BDSM. Non-judgmental space for gender exploration and transition; including effects on relationships, self esteem and self identity. EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) and PACT (A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) with couples, works with trauma using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Depth Hypnosis and Somatic Psychotherapies. Former Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Community Institute of Psychotherapy, skilled with helping with body image issues which can so often persist even post transition. Will provide bills for you to submit to PPO insurance for “out of network” provider. Offices not accessible.

  11. Dylon Helene, Psy.D. (PSY28036)
    Address: 112 7th Street, Ste C, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 591-3220

    Dr. Helene has been working in the mental health field since 2007. In graduate school, emphasis was on gender studies. Dissertation was a qualitative study with trans men. Works with adults in the LGBTQIA community with emphasis on the trans and gender variant population. Works with clients in various stages of transitioning. Humanistic-Eexistential approach mixed with Cognitive-Behavioral interventions. Use of DBT and EMDR when indicated. Warm, connected, attachment-based approach, aid in self-exploration, depth work, authenticity and making meaning. Body positive, self-affirming, embrace all forms of diversity and ways of living. Accepts several types of insurance. Office is accessible. Pronouns: she/her.

  12. Debra J. Kelly, MFT (MFC19530)
    Address: 114 Sotoyome Street, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 569-0459

    Works with view of the whole person – strengths, moving toward wholeness, not “pathology.” Supervises interns with low fees. Active in queer community for many years, promoting health of sexual minorities. Works with clients of diverse gender identification.  No insurance but will give a bill as an “out of network” provider. Has a sliding scale. Office fully accessible.

  13. Tina Kelly, MS, MFT (LMFT 85659)
    Address: 1144 Sonoma Avenue, Suite 104, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 546-8584

    Has worked with transgender clients in various stages of transitioning, from contemplation through final transitioning and integration, in both private practice and at Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic. Office shared with a trained therapy dog, who often brings great comfort to clients. Dog can easily be left home if clients desire. Accepts Medi-Cal (Partnership Health Plan) and offers a sliding scale. Office has city bus access and ample parking.


  14. Jo Lauer, MFT (MFC25637)
    Address: 576 B Street, Ste. 1-A, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 525-8710

    Over 23 years of experience blending psychodynamic, transpersonal and holistic approaches for individuals and couples in the LGBTQ community. Focus is on quality of life. EMDR certified. Experience with individuals who are transgender (questioning through post-op), their partners, families and children. Sliding scale available, some “out of network provider” insurance accepted, takes Medi-Cal and Victim Assistance insurance. Pronouns: she/her.

  15. Lani Lee, MFT  (MFC51375)
    Address: 651 Cherry St. Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 331-5246

    Has worked with trans clients ranging from questioning to active transition. Trained in gender and sexuality issues.  Lifelong ally to the LBGTQQI community, celebrates diversity in all forms.  Non-judgemental, collaborative, deep exploration of self/identity. Sensitive to trans issues such as: moving from a negative/confused to positive self-image, including body image; the effects of oppression (internal and external); effects on development and self-worth of growing up within a gender binary culture; coming out, (family sessions when appropriate); creating a self and self-acceptance based on felt sense experience rather than on image-based expectations. Office accessible. Accepts Medi-Cal. Pronouns: she/her.

  16. Sil Machado, Ph.D. & Associates (PSY25053)

    Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 529-3021

    Extensive experience working with the queer community since 2000. Sil works with adults and couples around various issues related to sexuality and gender. Coming from a depth psychotherapy perspective, Sil works with clients to help alleviate suffering through inner transformation. His training includes the following approaches: psychodynamic, Jungian, AEDP, Existential-Humanistic, EMDR, expressive arts, sandplay, mindfulness-based therapies and CBT/DBT. In addition to individual and couples psychotherapy, Sil also offers High Performance Neurofeedback, a brainwave based biofeedback to both “turn down the volume” on difficult symptoms (e.g., of PTSD, depression, anxiety, OCD, addiction), as well as address in a more direct manner symptoms of central nervous system dysregulation (e.g., concussive injury/TBI, headaches, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, AD/HD). He tailors his approach to suit each client’s unique needs. Most insurances accepted – please see website for specifics. Sliding scale offered with Sil Machado’s experienced associate therapists. Pronouns: He/him.

  17. Skye Nashelsky, L MFT (MFC 89418)
    Address: 112 7th Street, Unit C Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 536-1502

    Strength-based, affirming, social justice, goal focused therapy. Specialize in working with individuals questioning, coming out, working through gender issues, exploring sexuality and sexual orientation. Therapeutic background in trauma, anxiety and depression. Also serving individuals connected to the foster care and adoption communities. Over 10 years experience working with youth, families and LGBTQI individuals. Work informs deep personal healing, self-love, self-care and authenticity, as well as boundary setting and relational work. Youth, queer, trans, kink, sex positive, body positive, and poly friendly. Degrees in Gender Studies and Counseling Psychology. Most insurance accepted: Medi-Cal, Kaiser, Blue Shield, Magellan and Victim’s Assistance. Sliding scale. Accessible office. Accessible by public transportation.

  18. Jason Newman, MFTI (91151)
    Supervisor: Jennifer Ballard (MFC50845).

    Sonoma Family Therapy. 2635 Cleveland Ave. Suite 10, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 483-9061x4 (confidential line).

    Jason has been working with LGBT kids and teens since 2014. At that time, several transgender clients inspired him to seek more training and guidance. Since then he has seen more and more transgender clients. Has worked with LGBT couples (Gottman level 1&2 trained), individually, and as a family. Has worked with clients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and around the loss of a partner. Strengths based approach. Accepts Medi-Cal/Beacon. Sliding scale for self-pay clients.

  19. Jan Ögren, MFT (MFC29186)
    Address: 621 Cherry Street, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 544-7756

    Specializes in gender exploration, Psychological Shamanism and helping people be their authentic selves.

    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. Offers workshops in Psychological Shamanism, which is the blending of psychological and shamanistic teachings specifically designed for Western Culture. EMDR, Sandtray and art therapy. Individual, couples and family therapy. Jan is bi-cultural, Pansexual and gender queer. Takes some insurance, including Medi-Cal, offers sliding scale. Office not accessible. Pronouns ze, zir, zirs.


  20. Judith Peletz, MFT (MFC39578)
    Address: 1144 Sonoma Ave, Suite 117, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 526-7720 ext. 315

    Experienced working with LGBTQQI individuals of all ages. All are welcome. Specializes in grief and loss, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and personal growth. Accepts most insurance, including Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, CA Victims Assistance, United Behavioral Health and Medi-Cal (Partnership). Offers a sliding scale as needed. Office is accessible. On a city bus line.

  21. Lucas Plumb, PhD (PSY24405)
    Address: 1008 Fifth Street, Santa Rosa; 13 Salem Cove, San Rafael
    Phone: (707) 529-3030

    Experienced in working with transgender clients. Collaborative coaching orientation. Like to work with families to facilitate transitioning. Support identity development, work/career issues, nutrition/health/mindfulness practices and those undergoing hormone therapy. Kink-friendly, celebrating diversity in all forms; also very open to exploring spiritual issues. Santa Rosa office accessible. Many insurances accepted including Medicare….check website for specifics.

  22. Jill Rees, PhD (PSY23030)
    Address: 659 Cherry Street, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 861-0405

    Very experienced with trans people and their families, partners. Specializes in working with teens and families, especially adoptive and queer families, LGBT people, couples, and anyone requiring a gender specialist. Also at West County Health Centers (WCHC) in the Sebastopol and Guerneville Offices, where they take Medi-Cal, MediCare and other insurances for those who have established primary health care with WCHC in Sebastopol, Guerneville or Occidental. Jill facilitates a support group and is available for consultation at the Gender Expansive Services Clinic 1st Wednesday evening of each month through the Sebastopol office of WCHC. Most insurances accepted at this clinic. Call Erin Elo (at (707) 887-0427) for more information and to set up a visit with Jill.

  23. Rima Roberts, MFT (48165)
    Address: 7765 Healdsburg Ave Suite 13, Sebastopol
    Phone: (707) 634-4778

    As a gender specialist, Rima is passionate about bringing competent, effective and accessible care to trans, genderqueer and queer clients. For over fifteen years Rima has been involved both personally and professionally within the LGBTQ community and understands the particular vulnerabilities faced.  Expertise working with trans youth and young adults, as well as couples and families. Style is non-judgmental and collaborative, meeting clients where they are at on their healing journey.  Also specializes in complex and relational trauma, anxiety and depression, self-esteem, spiritual growth, parenthood, sexuality and intimacy. Accepts Medi-Cal (Partnership), will bill insurance as “out of network” and has a sliding scale. Office accessible.

  24. Nicole Seiffert, MFTI (90527)
    Supervisor: Robert Shelby, LMFT (20364)
    Address: Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health, 1420 Third St. #1, Napa
    Phone: (707) 656-3736

    Professional and personal experience with LGBTQI population. Majority of training and experience has been LGBTQI-focused, with 60+ percent of clients served identifying outside the cisgender binary. Sex-positive, kink- and poly-friendly. Provides identity-affirming therapy from a strengths-based, solution-oriented, social justice framework. Guiding principals: clients are the experts in their own lives and therapy should be a safe space for self-exploration and personal growth. Works with clients from tweens to elders, offering individual, partner, and family therapy. Provides compassionate space for partners and/or families with loved ones in transition. Memberships: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity (GAYLESTA), Open Minds: Psychotherapists Affirming Sexual and Gender Diversity; World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Lower-than-average private pay; will provide receipts for potential insurance reimbursement. First-floor office, not wheelchair accessible. Pronouns: she/her.

  25. Kris Spangler, MFT (MFC40841)
    Address: 536 S. Main St, Sebastopol
    Phone: (707) 829-8293

    Extensive personal and professional experience with gender exploration and transition. Celebrating each person’s unique identity. Specializing in helping adults with gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation/identity, polyamory, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, anger, effective communication, relationship difficulties, alternative families and more. Kink-friendly, sex positive. Talk therapy, body-centered therapy, mindfulness. EMDR for processing traumatic experiences. Member, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Past President of Redwood Empire chapter of Ca. Marriage and Family Therapists Association. Trains other therapists in LGBQQIA and gender therapy. On organizing committee for annual trans conference in Santa Rosa. Regularly attends trainings, conferences and consultation groups re: working with gender in therapy. Sliding scale, Medi-Cal (Partnership), Victim Compensation and will provide receipts as “out of network” provider. Office accessible. Pronouns: they/them.

  26. Willow M. Thorsen, LCSW (27440)
    Address: 3554 Roundbarn Blvd, Santa Rosa
    Phone: (707) 571-3710
    Email: (not for confidential information)

    Therapist at Kaiser Santa Rosa’s Psychiatry Department. Several years working with trans people and their partners and families. Provides diagnosis, helps establish readiness for hormone therapy; works with identity development, issues of transitioning, provides supportive therapy. Specializes in work with Sexual Health Issues. On Kaiser Northern California’s regional Sexual Health Committee. Speaks Spanish. Can ONLY work with Kaiser members who have mental health coverage; cost depends on each individual’s Kaiser plan. Office accessible. Pronouns: she/her.

EMDR = Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a neurologically-based technique for resolving trauma (and more)

LCSW = Licensed Clinical Social Worker (a California masters degree level social work/counseling license)

MFT = Marriage and Family Therapist (a California masters degree level counseling license)

MFTI = Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, supervised by a licensed MFT

PSY = Psychologist

REAT = Registered Expressive Arts Therapist

WPATH  = World Professional Association for Transgender Health

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