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Welcome to the Transgender Mental Health Blog. I hope this will be a forum to discuss all things related to mental health, psychotherapy and support for transgendered, transsexual, gender queer and gender variant individuals and their friends and family.

(Note that the blog is not focusing on other issues related to transgenderism, such as medical breakthroughs, transgender rights, etiology and political issues, other than when they are touched on in their relationship to mental health.  There are other excellent venues for that on and offline.)  Also, comments are moderated, I try and keep spam out.

Ami KaplanI’m Ami B. Kaplan, LCSW.  I’m a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst  in New York City (and on Skype) and have worked with Transgender and Transsexual individuals for many years.  I’m a long time member and committee member of WPATH.  I’m interested in a discussion of what works and what doesn’t work in helping individuals achieve the highest level of comfort with their past and current lives, with transitioning and with dealing with the problems of growing up with some form of gender variance.

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  1. Sharon #

    Hi, Ami. Nice blog. I am an LCPC and am interested in working with transkids. Can you tell me the frequency of transgender in the general population? I know it is hard to tally but I can’t find anything at all on occurence Any recommended readings? Thank you for the work you do, Sharon

    March 31, 2010
  2. kandi patterson #

    I am just wanting more information about trans youth and older adults who have accessed mental health services. And how to get the transgender community of all races to talk about there issues, and what is needed to improve health care for thoses who are accessing services. i am a transgender women of color…

    December 16, 2010
  3. Elenara #

    ever thought about writing a book someday?

    July 30, 2012
  4. Jon Turner #

    My son is currently being councelled and convinced enough to start process of transgendering. As a parent this has come as a bolt out the blue although he has always been keen on dressing as a girl and playing with girls toys as he grew up. Can you suggest some reading and info to help me understand.. We do talk things through but I do feel as though he feels that this is the fix and not sure about the future and his happiness..


    October 6, 2015
  5. Ray #

    Thank you for all of the helpful information on your website. Something to be aware of that I don’t believe is intentional is your use of “transgendered” on your About website. This article explains the problematic history of the term well: I just wanted to highlight this so it does not lead to distraction on your page that does great work in highlighting the immense need for advocacy and political action for transgender mental health.

    April 17, 2016

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