Gay-Friendly Male Social Workers

  • Gender Therapist & Clinical Social Worker
  • Welcome! Since 2005 I have been serving the transgender community of Southwest Virginia and beyond. Whether it is exploring your gender identity, coming out to family and friends, negotiating work issues or navigating transition, I am happy to assist you as an ally and advocate.

    My Specialty: Doctor’s Letters
    As a gender therapist, I have a great deal of experience writing referral letters for hormones and surgery. My commitment to clients is to make this process efficient and affordable. I am opposed to the “gatekeeper” mentality that has plagued therapy for so many years; just because you want to begin hormones or have surgery does not necessarily mean that you need ongoing therapy. Of course, if there are other issues that you would like assistance with – such as anxiety or depression – then we can certainly discuss further therapeutic sessions or alternative resources.

    Your gender consultation (whether for hormones or surgery) typically takes one session. The cost of that meeting is $100. This flat rate includes both the meeting as well as any paperwork you might need. For example, in addition to the doctor’s letter, some people would like to change the gender marker on their state ID or drivers license. Doing so would be included in the fee. After our meeting, you won’t have to wait for your letter: I will write it and have it ready for you within 24 hours.

    If you are interested in regular counseling sessions, those are $85 per sixty-minute hour. I see clients both in-person in Roanoke as well as via Skype.
    Andy Matzner
  • Social Anxiety Help
  • I work collaboratively with clients to help them establish and reach concrete personal goals. I believe that successful psychotherapy is a collaborative effort. As a therapist, it is not my job to cure anyone. Rather, I will offer a variety of resources: strategies, skills, techniques, insights, support, and challenge. I will assist you in applying these resources in your day-to-day life so that you can reach your personal goals. It’ll take work and determination on both of our parts.

    It is generally my objective to help train you to become your own personal therapist. In other words, it is my aim that, when we discontinue our work together, you are left with insights, strategies, skills, and techniques that you can continue using on your own to help you reach further goals and handle future problems. (I am also available for “booster” sessions down the road to help you with any new challenges or setbacks you may face after our initial collaboration.)

    Most of my work with clients use a very practical, active and results-oriented approach called CBT: cognitive-behavioral therapy (also known as cognitive behavior therapy, or simply cognitive therapy).

    Larry Cohen, LICSW
  • Mental Health and Counseling
  • I have been practicing for 25 years and enjoy working with a wide range of presenting issues. My style is interactive, authentic and strength-based. I strive to help my clients feel better about themselves, to live authentically and to understand the factors and issues that may prevent them from feeling able to live their lives to their full potential. I value the power of deep listening, empathy and validation of experience while also providing a sense of hope and the courage and skills to achieve positive change. My clinical perspective draws from positive psychology, narrative therapy, CBT and other modalities most suited for the particular client and goals that we are working on.

    I have particular interest in working with the GLBTQQ community and specifically have 19 years of experience working with transgender clients and individuals who are exploring issues related to gender identity.

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