WPATH Certification and Mentorship

The WPATH Certification Program signifies a provider is a WPATH member in good standing who has completed an additional rigorous curriculum related to providing gender care.  This certification indicates that the provider has a working understanding of the multidisciplinary care team and how the WPATH SOC actually work in our clinical practice. The extensive 50 -hour core competencies-based training program includes course work, mentorship and an exam. The title of "WPATH GEI SOC 7 Certified Member" also requires a commitment to stay on top of current evidence and consensus in the field through continuing education. Learn more about the specific requirements to become certified through WPATH. 
I have over twenty years of experience as a gender therapist, as well as have been a WPATH member since 2002.  I would be honored to work with you as your WPATH Mentor.  Working with me, you'll get support for your clinical work across the lifespan.  I work with clients in my own practice using play therapy, group, individual therapy and EMDR. 
Individual and group consultation can apply to the 10 hours of mentorship needed to help you meet the qualifications to become a WPATH GEI SOC7 Certified Member. Please note only eight of the ten hours you spend in group can count toward the ten required mentorship hours.  
As your WPATH mentor we discuss cases within the context of the WPATH core competencies. See this list of example training topics we can also cover during mentorship.    
Mentorship meetings (25 or 50 mins) can be individual, in dyads or in group.  They can take place in the English or Spanish languages.  You may also choose to book a free brief meeting directly into my schedule. 
How to Get Started with Certification
1.  Become a member of WPATH
2.  Enroll in the GEI Foundations Course
3.  Upload the following documents to your WPATH membership portal before beginning mentorship hours.

-WPATH Letter of Intent 

-A signed mentorship agreement with me

Provide your mentor with a copy of your license and up to date malpractice insurance information.

Keep in mind, the WPATH GEI classes you have taken over time can count toward certification even if you had not yet submitted these forms prior to taking the classes.

What I Offer 

A member of WPATH since 2002, around that same time I began to expand my gender practice to include consulting with therapists online and in person including in seminars, classes and groups.  I enjoy teaching therapists about clinical work including gender identity, gender expression, and options for body changes. We discuss what factors are relevant in a gender history and how to help clients gain clarity around their identity and expression.  Having worked in a multi-disciplinary gender clinic, I share knowledge about preparing clients and their families for medical changes including hormones/blockers and surgeries. Together we work on creative options gender changes and self-expression, many of which may be outside of the gender binary.  We explore how to decenter cisgenderism and binary thinking. We work on combatting cissexism, transphobia, homophobia and white supremacy, which has been present since this field's inception. 
Our own race, gender modality, neurotype, class, abilities (and other identities and factors) influence who we are as clinicians.  We can engage in nuanced conversations about transference, countertransference and privilege during our meetings.  If you are a new gender therapist, we'll talk about building up your practice, creating a network of providers in your area, and getting comfortable with a diverse caseload.
Learn more about what it means to be a Gender Specialisthow I became a gender therapist, and about fees
Book directly into my schedule for a 25, 50 min or free 10-20 minute brief first time meeting. Meetings take place via Zoom, phone or in-person in Oakland, CA
 
LOWER FEE? To further diversify the field, 1/3-1/4 of every consultation/mentorship group has lower fee slots for trans, NB, intersex, BIPOC and disabled clinicians who cannot afford the full fee. Call me to discuss your financial needs if you cannot afford my fees.
GIVING BACK
As a cisgender therapist serving the gender community it has always been important for me to contribute monthly to the Transgender Law Center.  I also contribute monthly to TGI Justice Project as well as other causes focusing on the voting rights of BIPOC citizens. I encourage all the cis therapists, whose careers are in some way related to treating the suffering and injustices against tgnc folks to consider doing the same. 
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Are you already an experienced gender therapist? I'll support you with your current caseload, explore new areas for growth, and help expand your expertise within the WPATH core competencies.
The 4th Friday video-based Advanced Gender Therapist Consultation Group may be a great fit for you.
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Testimonials from your colleagues about working with me as a consultant and mentor.

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Work at a clinic or department where there are many of you working toward WPATH certification? I am happy to create a group just for your organization via Zoom to help you gain mentor hours needed. Se habla español.