AYDIN OLSON-KENNEDY, LCSW **
Gender dysphoria is a diagnosis that describes the distress or discomfort associated with the incongruence between one's assigned sex and gender identity. What the diagnosis does not represent, and is often poorly understood, is the experience of dysphoria. Physical or social role dysphoria, and what I call "gender dysphoria noise" can lead to anxiety, depression, and isolation. I can help you explore what your gender means to you, and what, if anything, you may want to do about it, including accessing medical care and letters for surgery. There isn't a "right" way to transition; there is only the way that is right for you.
I also specialize in working parents and partners of trans and non-binary individuals. Too often, services and supports are focused only on the trans or non-binary person, leaving out the other members of the family. Research shows that supportive families are the number one predictor of overall health and well-being of transgender and non-binary youth. Many parents are fearful and have a lot of questions that their child may not be able or willing to answer. Combining my clinical experience, as well as my own as a transgender man, I can help provide insight into the themes that are common for transgender individuals, aiding parents and partners to move from questions and fear to acceptance and celebration.
I provide short term, solution-focused therapy. If you are seeking long-term, depth work, I am happy to give a referral to a gender specialist who can assist you with that.
Aydin Olson-Kennedy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW 82313.
Aydin earned his Bachelor's degree in Social Science, with an emphasis on Social Work, Sociology and Multi-Cultural and Gender Studies, and his Master's Degree in Social Work from California State University, Chico. He has offices in South Pasadena and Studio City.