AYDIN OLSON-KENNEDY **
Licensed Clinical Social Worker # 82313
My practice is currently full. I can only accept new clients who are parents or
caregivers seeking shorter-term work.
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 describe, and is often poorly understood, is the experience of dysphoria. Physical or social role dysphoria, what I call "gender dysphoria noise," can lead to anxiety, depression, and isolation.
I have a deep passion for working with parents and caregivers of trans and non-binary children of all ages. Too often, services and supports are focused only on the trans or non-binary person, leaving out the other family members. Many parents and caregivers are fearful and have questions that their child may not be able or willing to answer. By combining my clinical experience with my own as a transgender man, I can help answer some of the more common questions, address fears and feelings of loss, and help you find a pathway to acceptance and celebration of your child. I also co-facilitate support groups for parents of transgender and non-binary youth. You can learn more about Transforming Family at www.transformingfamily.org.
I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Social Science in 2009 and my master's degree in Social Work in 2013 from California State University, Chico. In 2023, I will graduate with a doctorate in Social Work from Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts.
I am continuing to work remotely and will be for the foreseeable future.