Gender Identity-Related Distress

Embracing your authentic self is difficult, but you are not alone. We are here to support, educate and empower you while you are on this journey.


What is Gender Identity-Related Distress?

Gender identity-related distress refers to the intense feelings of discomfort that an individual may experience due to a discrepancy between one’s anatomical gender and one’s experienced gender. This sense of agony or dissatisfaction may lead to a significant decline in emotional well-being and can impact daily life. Gender identity-related distress may begin in childhood and often worsens with the development of secondary sex characteristics. With gender-affirming care and therapy, you will receive support while transitioning to your authentic self. Therapy can provide a supportive environment that allows an individual to freely express their true essence and gain an understanding of available gender-affirming care options. Some transgender and gender-diverse individuals may experience gender identity-related distress, while others may feel entirely comfortable without the need for social or medical interventions.

Taking the first step toward embracing your true self can feel daunting, but our highly trained clinical specialists are ready to be by your side as you embark on this journey.

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Symptoms of Gender Identity-Related Distress:

  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Becoming Withdrawn or Socially Isolated
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Neglecting Oneself 
  • Dislike of One’s Sexual Anatomy

Our Care

Customized Expert Care

Gender identity-related distress manifests uniquely in different individuals—there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why our providers work with you to create a tailored treatment plan.

Personalized Prescriptions

When medication is necessary, our clinicians determine the most manageable and effective prescription for you.

Clinically-Proven Therapy

We personalize each patient experience by matching you to the right practitioner—and the right clinically-proven therapy for your needs.

Our Providers are experts in Gender Identity-Related Distress treatments

How it works


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Headlight for?

Headlight is for everyone. Taking care of your mental health is a sign of strength, and choosing to better oneself is an empowering decision. We provide mental health services to those seeking a bright path forward.

What is therapy?

Therapy offers a safe and confidential space for individuals to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. During therapy sessions, your Headlight therapist will actively listen and provide guidance and insights to help you better understand yourself, your relationships, and your challenges. Talk therapy can address a variety of mental health concerns, from anxiety and depression to trauma and relationship issues. Headlight’s clinicians are experienced in various therapeutic approaches and techniques and offer in-person or virtual sessions.

What is the difference between therapy and psychiatry?

Therapy, often provided by psychologists, social workers, or counselors, involves talking through emotional and psychological challenges to gain insight and develop coping strategies. Whereas, psychiatry, typically led by medical doctors, focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues using medication alongside therapy when necessary. While therapy emphasizes conversation and behavioral strategies, psychiatry integrates medication management to address biochemical imbalances in mental health conditions.

Why is it so important to find the right therapist?

Finding the right therapist is so important as it establishes a foundation of trust, creating a safe space for open communication. A well-matched therapist can better understand your individual needs, ensuring personalized support and enhancing the effectiveness of the therapeutic process.

What services do you offer?

Headlight services include therapy, medication management, and Esketamine (Spravato) sessions.

More than 50% of Americans struggle with mental health.

Headlight is now collaborating with health plans and companies to make therapy more accessible and affordable. Speak to a Care Coordinator today.