Gender Affirming Care In Los Angeles

Gender-Affirming Care At Launch Centers

According to a study conducted by UCLA’s Williams Institute in 2022, over 1.6 million people aged 13 years or older identify as transgender. With over 1.6 million individuals in the United States identifying as transgender, it is clear that gender-affirming care contributes to positive mental health outcomes for all demographics.

Currently, multiple states have a law or policy banning gender-affirming care, and there are more states considering a law or policy banning the care. These laws and policies have taken different forms, including outright bans on gender-affirming medical treatments for minors, requirements for parental consent or court orders, and penalties for healthcare providers who provide gender-affirming care to minors.

Our treatment center’s goal is to support transgender and nonbinary individuals by respecting their gender identity, using preferred pronouns and names, and providing social support to help them focus on social transitions and feel connected, validated, and empowered. Launch Centers does not directly provide hormone therapy, puberty blockers, or gender-affirming surgery, but we are more than happy to help clients find those resources.

Gender-Affirming Care & Mental Health

Gender-affirming care and mental health support are key components to providing positive mental health outcomes for transgender and nonbinary youth. These individuals often experience mental health challenges due to societal stigma, discrimination, and difficulties related to gender identity and expression.

According to a survey by the American Journal of Public Health, 44.1% of transgender individuals experienced clinical depression due to the stigma they faced, while 33.2% experienced anxiety due to the same reason. Another study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that transgender youth who did not have access to gender-affirming medical care had a 4 times higher risk of attempting suicide than those who did receive gender-affirming care.

This is often attributed to factors such as increased exposure to trauma, lack of family support, and higher rates of homelessness. Poor mental health can also lead to risky behaviors such as drug abuse. As the rates of mental health disorders increase, addiction rates tend to follow suit.

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Gender-Affirming Therapy At Launch Centers

Our approach to supporting mental health in LGBTQ+ individuals is through gender-affirming therapy, which helps individuals explore and affirm their gender identity without trying to “repair” it. Gender-affirming therapy aims to address core themes commonly experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals.

These themes include trauma resulting from societal transphobia, shame and anxiety related to feeling flawed or different, depression due to lack of support, self-harm and suicidal ideation, violence, and struggles with sexual orientation.

Gender-affirming therapy can help reduce suicidal ideation and other mental health concerns by affirming an individual’s gender identity, providing support and validation, and helping individuals develop coping strategies for navigating the challenges of gender dysphoria and discrimination.

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Addiction Rates Among Transgender Youth

Transgender individuals face heavy burdens due to the stigmatization of mental illness and gender nonconformity in society. As a result, they may internalize these negative views and avoid seeking help, engaging in substance abuse to cope with mental health issues.

According to research, substance use disorders (SUDs) are much more prevalent among transgender individuals than among cisgender individuals. For instance, compared to cisgender individuals, drug use was 3.6 times higher among transgender individuals. Transgender individuals also had significantly higher rates of marijuana-related SUDs (5 times), cocaine SUDs (4 times), and opioid SUDs (3 times).

Additionally, a study found that 47% of transgender adults reported binge drinking in the previous three months, compared to 17% of the general population. Furthermore, younger transgender adults (aged 18-25) are more likely than older transgender people and cisgender people of all ages to have any type of SUD except nicotine-related SUDs.

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Gender-Affirming Care in Los Angeles

Launch Centers in Los Angeles, CA, provides holistic and dual diagnosis treatment to young adults struggling with trauma, mental health concerns, and addiction. This includes providing gender-affirming care, including therapy, to those struggling with gender identity or mental health issues. Launch Centers brings individualized care and a trauma-informed approach to ensure our clients have the best resources available.

If you or a loved one are struggling with gender identity, substance abuse, or mental health issues, contact us today to learn more about our programs. Finding the proper care can be challenging, but we can help you begin your new life.

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Our Testimonials

Clients and Professionals Share Their Experience

  • Conner H.

    Launch Centers Treatment was a major help to me. The therapists and staff genuinely cared about me and truly helped me to make a plan for my future. My personal therapists helped me to discover where some of my deeper issues came from. All of the staff worked tirelessly with me to talk through my issues, or just about life, and offered realistic solutions to my current problems and situation. All of the staff went above and beyond and advocated relentlessly for me.

  • Nicole Y.

    This place changed my life! I’ve had good laughs, good cries, shared a lot of heart to heart moments and grew a loving bond with everyone at Launch Centers. I will always be grateful! I really do miss it time to time. I highly recommend Launch Centers!

  • Jenna S.

    Launch changed our lives. Our family had been battling for years to breakthrough to our brother. No amount of rehab or detox had made a difference. He was listless, lifeless and helpless. We feared for his life everyday. The spirit of, repetition in, core values, appreciation of life and dignity and respect that we found through Launch are unparalleled. I can say with full confidence that we never would have seen my “real” brother again if not for this truly magical combination. We were and still are especially grateful for his over-the-top therapist. Her commitment to his privacy and success coupled with her unwavering contact with any and all of us is what bridged our 3,000 mile separation from him.


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