Gender, Diversity & Resilience

CGC’s Gender Diversity & Resilience Program serves transgender and gender expansive youth ages 10-18 and their families. Through an individualized combination of group, individual, and family therapy, as well as case management, psychiatry, and gender affirming medical care, our multidisciplinary team meets teens and families where they are in their gender journey. Feeling safe and accepted is only the first step.  The GDR Program builds on evidence-based practices for working with gender expansive youth in a therapeutic setting. We recognize the importance of positive identity development as essential for mental health and aim to create a space that addresses both the challenges and joys of the gender expansive experience. This program provides mental health and medical services in collaboration with queer affirming providers from across the state. The program consists of:

  • Mental Health Care
    • Individualized treatment plan including group, individual, and family therapy
    • Psychiatric evaluations and medication management
    • Parent guidance sessions
    • Comprehensive evaluation to identify concerns and goals related to gender identity
    • Overall mental health assessment including  prevalent concerns in gender diverse youth, such as anxiety and mood disorders, suicidal ideation and autism
  • Medical Care
    • Gender affirming primary care
    • Upon request, medical evaluation for determination of appropriate timing of puberty suppression and hormone replacement therapy
    • Gynecological exams/reproductive health
    • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Case Management
    • Comprehensive Care Coordination
    • Connection to community resources and referrals
    • Community outreach and education

Program clinicians engage in ongoing continuing education with experts of lived and clinical experience and participate in monthly case consultation with trans health leaders at Fenway Health. In addition, our team values personal reflection on the way gender identity intersects with other identities we hold and regularly examines how our own privilege and implicit biases impact client care. Furthermore, our team works to bring awareness to the challenges of gender expansive youth through trainings with school systems and community partners.

To request a new client appointment, please contact Daisy Polanco at 475-215-2389 or email [email protected]

For any collaboration, training requests, and general inquiries, please contact Renee Reopell, LCSW at 203-324-6127 or email [email protected]

CGC has partnered with Center for Key Populations at the Community Health Center Inc,. For LGB-focused and Transgender Health care for those above age 18, please contact Stephanie Moses 860-347-6971 X 3911. Click here to visit CHC’s Center for Key Populations.

Reaching us after hours: If your child experiences a mental health crisis and requires immediate help after hours, you can call 211 to access services from our Mobile Crisis team. For routine matters and questions about appointments, please leave a voice message at (203) 324-6127, and someone will return your call as soon as possible, typically by the next business day.

We are pleased to announce we have formed an alliance with Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC). CHC is providing billing, administration and other services; clinical services are provided by CGC. If you have questions about this alliance please let us know.