Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What ages do you treat?

We care for transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents, and young adults. We will see younger children before puberty starts for education, social support, and referral to mental health and community resources.

Will I be able to get hormones or puberty blockers at my first visit?

The first visit is a chance for us to get to know each other. Prior to starting any gender affirming medical treatment, we will need a letter of support from a mental health provider.

Why do I have to see a mental health provider?

Transgender and gender expansive youth often deal with difficult emotions related to societal stigma and their bodies developing in ways that do not match their gender identity. Young people and their families tell us that it is extraordinarily helpful to have a trained mental health professional support them as they navigate social environments (school, family, friends, etc.) and as they consider various forms of gender affirmation (medical, legal, social, etc.). We currently follow guidelines set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) for transgender and gender expansive children and adolescents, which include the recommendation to establish stable mental health support.

I have questions for the doctor before our first visit; can I speak to them before scheduling? Can parents and guardians be seen without the child/adolescent?

We are happy to answer all your questions at the first visit. You and your child will have an opportunity to get your questions answered together and/or separately. However, we are a pediatric and adolescent clinic and cannot offer consultations to parents without their child/teen.

We are not sure of our child’s gender identity. Is an appointment in your clinic still appropriate?

We have a lot of experience with children who are questioning their gender identity and families who are uncertain of the right path forward. At your first visit, we will get to know you and your child, explore goals, answer your questions, and provide education appropriate to your family.