Lisette R. Lahana LCSW
Psychotherapy and Consultation
Gender Therapist and Certified WPATH Member & Mentor
Online and Based in Oakland, CA
As a Gender Therapist working with the transgender community since 1999, I can help you to improve your self-confidence and create the gendered life you want. We'll discuss your specific gender goals including the coming out process. You may also want to work on life issues not related to gender, with a trans affirming therapist.
Working with Me on Gender
New Psychotherapy Clients (updated 5/3/2023)I am not currently accepting new clients. If you have seen me in the past, please do reach out as I may have space to fit you in. I do have open space to consult or act as a WPATH mentor for therapists.
I have over twenty years of experience as a Gender Specialist providing psychotherapy for the diverse transgender and non binary community. Since 2002 I have been a member of World Professional Association for Transgender Health, a consultant to other therapists and am a WPATH GEI Certified Member and WPATH Mentor for therapists working on becoming WPATH GEI Certified Members.
I enjoy working with people across the lifespan considering gender changes, as well as their families and loved ones. I also work with people who happen to be trans, intersex, agender or non binary and simply want a therapist who understands their experience and never asks questions just because they are curious. I support people considering re-transition, finding a new path on their gender journey or those considering going off hormones.
In my clinical work, I strongly believe gender affirming care is in the best interest of youth's mental health and long-term well-being. Here is a recent article by Turban with research that back up that this model is the most effective in treating youth. Though I still work with children and youth, due to COVID I am not doing in-person play therapy with younger children under 9 at this time.
Check out the gender resource page and book shop to learn more. Learn more about how I became a gender specialist.
I have a great deal of experience writing letters to help people begin medical interventions (a.k.a. Assessments/ Gender Health Evaluations) for blockers, hormones or surgeries. Our meetings never involve you having to "prove you are trans or non binary" but do include discussion of your gender story and gender change goals and expectations. We explore the mental health, fertility and the social and occupational impact of your changes. Part of preparation is talking about the options available to you and weighing out the benefits and disadvantages of each.
If I write you a letter you can always return to me for a free "update" letter if your doctor says you need one that is closer to the surgery date. If you want to access therapists who can offer letter writing free of charge visit The GALAP.
I am currently NOT writing letters due to my practice being full.
SUICIDAL? IN CRISIS? Follow this link to get help. There are trans-specific resources at the bottom of the page.
Consultation for Therapists
Since 2002 I have provided consultation for therapists doing clinical work with transgender, non binary, intersex and questioning clients. Consults take place individually or in groups. Learn more about opportunities to expand your expertise. I am a WPATH GEI Certified Member and a WPATH Mentor so your consultation hours can count toward certification. You can book a 25 or 50 minutes consult or mentor meeting (Zoom or Phone).
Want to meet me first? Book a free 15 minute meeting to see if I am a good fit.
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