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Diagnosis and Treatment of Gender Diverse Individuals: One Size Does Not Fit All

by Dr. Natalia Zhikhareva, PhD.

Friday, July 26th, 2019

1 CE available

In the wake of the gender revolution, a shift of gender diversity has been on the rise. The classic narrative, “I am stuck in the wrong body,” rarely seems to apply. As clinicians, we are seeing more individuals identifying as other than ‘transgender’, no longer interested in full transition from one binary to another. As the cultural context of gender shifts, so does our clinical paradigm of what constitutes Gender Dysphoria.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify variations of gender diversity and list various forms of gender expression.
  • Explain diverse gender narratives and how to develop a proper diagnosis.
  • Give examples of 3 clinical treatment approaches on issues related to gender identity including issues related to dual-diagnosis.

About Natalia

Dr. Natalia Zhikhareva, PhD., known as Dr. Z, is a clinical psychologist specializing in gender issues and transgender care and has worked with gender diverse individuals for over a decade. Her passion working in the transgender community fostered an interest in clinical research leading to the publication of “Pre-operative Trans women’s Perceptions of Their Genitalia.” Dr. Z’s most recent work includes speaking on Effects of Gender Transition on Sexuality” at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association and speaking about “Erectile Dysfunction Among Pre-Operative Transgender-Identified Women: Learning a New Sexual Roadmap” on the Hard Conversations Podcast. She has been featured as a speaker on current transgender issues at the Empowered Trans Woman Summit, developed the Comprehensive Overview of Transgender Experience course offered by the online training program Loveology University, and writes monthly on issues related to gender on the Transformed Blog.

This Introductory Level lecture took place at Center for Healthy Sex.

Event Disclaimer

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 1 CE credit. This CE credit may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information, please contact Center for Healthy Sex, Continuing Education provider #107699. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Center for Healthy Sex is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Healthy Sex maintains responsibility for this program and its content. There is no known commercial support for this program. To request accommodations for special needs, to report grievances, or for any other questions, please contact us at 310-843-9902 or via email: Certificates of attendance will be emailed upon completion of the course.

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