Welcome To the Anne M. Vitale PhD Website
About the author--- I am a Licensed Psychologist (California #PSY15764) specializing in working with individuals with crossdressing and other gender identity concerns since 1984. My Curriculum Vitae can be found here.
I am a long standing member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and a founding member of the Bay Area Gender Associates, a peer supervision and consultation group.
My therapeutic orientation is Existential-Humanist. Essentially that means I place great emphasis on the current conditions of the client's life. It is impossible to change the past. Only one's understanding of the present can be evaluated and made workable. Further, as an Existential-Humanist, I expect my clients to take full responsibility for the decisions they make in their lives. This is especially important when one is discussing the possibility of changing one's gender role. I am firmly committed to working within the limits of flexibility described in the WPATH Standards of Care version 7. My experience in the area of gender issues is extensive, dating back to my graduate studies in 1978. I estimate that I have worked with over 1,000 individuals since then.
Although I am qualified to work with a wide range of psycho-therapeutic issues, I have come to understand that when working with my gender clients, my function is often simply that of being a knowledgeable guide. Ultimately, only the client can know the rightness or wrongness of gender role transition. In my experience, most people who present with gender issues are responsible, capable and intelligent people. I see no reason not to take advantage of those abilities when helping my clients resolve their gender issues
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