Transgender Issues

What is Gender Dysphoria?

Gender Dysphoria is defined as the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex. Many people feel the need to hide their true feelings of wanting to identify as the opposite sex because they are worried they won’t be accepted by family, friends and acquaintances. Also, even if they do have a support system, they may not know where to start.


How Transgender Counseling can Help

If you have already transitioned, we can help you cope with anxiety about family members, fears of finding a partner or concerns about “passing” as the opposite sex. Through counseling, you can gain the self confidence to truly become the person you want to be. Also, if you are not quite sure about where you want to be yet, your counselor can help you decide what steps you want to take. Deciding what to do can be the most difficult part for transgender individuals. You also may not fully know all the options you have. This stage of the process can be particularly difficult because it can seem very overwhelming to do all on your own. Also, just because you are transgender does not mean you have other unrelated things going on in your life as well. Talking to a counselor about any or all of these issues can make a positive impact on your life as a whole and give you a better outlook on life.



About our Transgender Issues Counselor Sharon Sterling-Elhage

Sharon Sterling-Elhage received a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Wooster. She went on to obtain a teaching certificate and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy from Walsh University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor/Supervisor, an independent license issued by the State of Ohio. Sharon began counseling at a mental health agency where she had the opportunity to work with a myriad of clients who dealt with a wide range of mental health issues. She worked with all ages but found that children and adolescents felt comfortable with her and responded well to her therapeutic technique of helping a client recognize that every individual has been blessed with their own strengths and abilities to overcome any challenge and then become even stronger. Sharon has also been an educator for over ten years.
Sharon specializes in children and adolescents but has always worked with adults, families and does group counseling. She has experience treating clients with anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, sexual abuse, physical abuse, substance abuse, and sexual orientation.