Transgender Support Services
If you experience gender dysphoria, are seeking gender confirmation procedures such as hormone replacement therapy or surgeries, and require a letter of support, the Transgender Care Team at the Counseling Center is happy to help. The first step is to contact the Counseling Center to set up an appointment with a member of our team.
Contacting the UCTC: Please call 541-346-3227 or stop by the Counseling Center to schedule an initial appointment. When you schedule the appointment, please inform the front desk staff that you are seeking an evaluation for hormone therapy or surgical procedures related to your gender identity. This will ensure that you are seen by a member of our Transgender Care Team. In most cases, your initial session will be scheduled within a few days.
What to Expect:
Your initial session: Please arrive to your appointment 15 minutes early to fill out some paperwork. You will need your student ID card to check-in. After you have completed your paperwork, an intake counselor will meet with you to review your situation and needs, answer any questions you have, and help you determine next steps. After your intake session, there could be a wait to see a therapist who has expertise in these evaluations. We recognize it can be anxiety provoking to wait and will do our best to get you started as soon possible.
The evaluation process: If you choose to be evaluated at the UCTC, you will meet with a counselor who has training and experience in working with Trans* individuals. If your counselor is not yet a licensed professional, they have appropriate expertise and are supervised by a licensed psychologist while conducting your evaluations. Your counselor will work with you to help you meet readiness and eligibility requirements for hormone therapy based on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care. Some of these requirements include:
1) Age of majority (typically 18 in the U.S.);
2) Persistent, well-document gender dysphoria;
3) Capacity to make a fully informed decision and consent to treatment; and
4) if significant medical or mental health conditions are present, they must be reasonably well-controlled.
Please note the presence of mental health concerns does not necessarily preclude access to hormone therapy or surgical procedures. Eligibility criteria for surgical procedures vary by specific type of surgery. Typically these criteria are included and sometimes additionally may include a specific period of time undergoing hormone treatment, a specific period of time spent living in a gender role congruent to the person's goals, and possibly two referrals. For further details, see the WPATH Standards of Care.
Your counselor will go over these requirements in detail before and during the evaluation process. Within the first two meetings, your counselor will make a recommendation regarding the length of evaluation required, typically ranging from a few weeks to a few months (with some exceptions). Because each individual's situation is different, we cannot recommend a time frame in advance of meeting with a counselor. In any case, you should expect to meet with your counselor on multiple occasions. The UCTC operates from an informed consent approach to providing these evaluations (as described in the WPATH SoC), so every care is taken to keep this process as reasonably expedient for you as possible.
You Have Choices:
If you plan to receive hormone therapy through the University Health Center (UHC), you will likely need to be evaluated at the Counseling Center at the UCTC, or by an approved counselor in the community. If you would prefer to seek this support outside of the university, the Counseling Center will assist you in getting connected with counselors in the community who have expertise in these evaluations and are recognized by the UHC. If you would like assistance with referrals to providers of surgical procedures in the community or support changing gender designation on Oregon driver's licenses, we can help with this as well.
We recognize that Trans* individuals experience many cultural and environmental oppressions beyond the range of psychological difficulties faced by their cisgender counterparts. This can sometimes make it difficult to maintain your emotional well-being while keeping up with your academics. Therapy can be an important form of support. The Counseling Center provides individual and group therapy services in addition to gender transition evaluations for Trans* identified UO students. To get started with therapy, please call 541-346-3227 or come by the UCTC in-person to schedule a consultation with a therapist. If you would like support connecting to a therapist in the community we can help with referrals as well.
UOut: The website for the LGBTESSP office, a department within the Dean of Students office, providing resources, support, and community-building opportunities to LGBTQIA UO students.
WPATH: The website for the international organization that sets professional standards of care for trans* and gender nonconforming individuals also provides a variety of resources including provider searches.
Queer Eugene: A website for LGBTQ community in the Eugene/Springfield area. It provides resources, news, events, and business listings addressing the needs of LGBTQ individuals.
The Trevor Project: This website provides forums, support, and suicide prevention/crisis intervention resources for LGBTQ youth and allies (ages 13-24).
TransMentors International: A website for the non-profit organization providing aid, support, and community for Trans-identified individuals.
*The term "Trans" is used here as shorthand and refers to the broader spectrum of transgender, gender fluid, gender queer, agender, and other gender nonconforming individuals.