A licensed therapist who is open to working with transgender and gender nonconforming clients
A licensed therapist who has already worked with some transgendered and gender nonconforming clients in their practice and who stays open to continuing to do so.
A licensed therapist who has a VAST amount of knowledge about gender dysphoria, gender identity, gender nonconformity, transphobia (and how it works in real life) and how to help clients with transition (in its variety of forms).
The Gender Specialist has been and is currently so well-versed in gender identity issues that they could potentially teach a CE course on gender identity to other health care professionals, as well as a college-level course on gender identity.
The Gender Specialist knows and consults with other gender specialists, and usually belongs to an ongoing consultation group with other gender specialists.
The Gender Specialist is a current member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health). The Gender Specialist keeps updated on what the organization is working on, the changes that are constantly happening, and the pros and cons of these changes.
A Gender Specialist should be able to answer “yes” to ALL these questions.