Blog: Gender-affirming Services at Behavioral Health

According to a recent study by the American Journal of Psychiatry, “compared with the general population, individuals with a gender dysphoria diagnosis were about six times as likely to have had a mood and anxiety disorder health care visit, more than three times as likely to have received prescriptions for antidepressants and six times as likely to be hospitalized after a suicidal attempt.”

The study did provide some good news: when people pursue either affirmative counseling, hormone replacement therapy and/or surgical options, their likelihood of needing treatment for severe mental illness declines in the years following their affirmative treatment of choice.

Resource Center’s Behavioral Health program is committed to ensuring all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community receive accepting and gender-affirming care.

In addition to individual counseling, couples counseling, support groups and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), the Center’s Behavioral Health program now offers Gender-affirming Assessment and Clearance Letters, provided by licensed professionals,  counselor who are trained in affirmative therapy. The below documentation is available through the program:

  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) letter
  • Gender Confirmation Surgeries (GCS) letter
  • Legal services letter (i.e. name change, gender-marker change)

The one-time fee for each above service is $65. Contact Behavioral Health at 214-393-3640 or email counseling@myresourcecenter.org to schedule an appointment.