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It's not great for your mental health when strangers are constantly asking you about your genitals, and for folks in the trans or gender-nonconforming community, that's not even the tough stuff. This episode of GROUP is all about mental health and being trans, and how those things go together in a society that can be pretty idiotic. Featuring conversations with clinical psychologists lore m. dickey and Matthew Oransky and interviews with trans activists Lily zheng, Dylan Kapit, and Cathy Ann Serino.

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lore m. dickey, Ph.D.

As a transmasculine individual, lore was sick of hearing stories of how trans and gender-nonconforming folks receive poor treatment from mental health professionals and decided to become a psychologist in order to offer help and change. lore now works as an Assistant Professor and Doctoral Training Director at Northern Arizona University in the Department of Education Psychology. He studied counseling psychology at the University of North Dakota, interned at Duke University in Counseling and Psychological Services, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He offers affirming care to trans and gender-nonconforming patients.

Matthew Oransky, Ph.D.

Matthew is the Director of the Psychology Training Program at Mount Sinai's Adolescent Health Center, a comprehensive care clinic for young people ages 10 to 24. The clinic offers a full range of integrated services including primary care, medical services, mental health services, dental services, legal services, peer education, and sexual education and support. All of those services are provided under one roof by collaborating clinicians, regardless of ability to pay. The center offers a unique integrated transgender program, offering Adolescent Health Center services in a gender-affirming way to trans and gender-nonconforming youth.