Coming to understand and know one's gender is a natural and healthy part of each person's development. This approach is a central part of my practice. I recognize that being transgender/trans, nonbinary, agender or gender expansive is not a mental illness and many people seeking support related to gender are not interested in traditional therapy. I aim to provide services that are tailored to the client's goals and interests. I recognize that trans people have been historically and inappropriately treated as mentally ill, and am careful not to presume there is a history or presence of mental health issues. I understand the struggles many transgender/trans, nonbinary, agender, or gender-expansive individuals face are a result of living in a community or world that is not accepting or understanding of their experience.
I strive to work in partnership with my clients to develop an authentic connection where reflection, exploration, and support can take place. By using a gender-affirmative approach, my services help clients deepen their understanding of self, strengthen relationships, navigate systems and prepare for significant life events/decisions. My commitment to social justice is an important part of my practice. I consider the ways that gender, sexuality, culture, race, ethnicity, ability, language, and socioeconomic status interact and impact each person’s experiences. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries or questions.
I look forward to learning more about how I can support you!
Mere Abrams, MSW, ASW, is a Gender Specialist, educator, consultant and advocate in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mere received a master's degree in social work from Smith College School for Social Work and attended Pitzer College as a undergraduate student. Mere currently has a private practice in Oakland, California, where Mere provides counseling, consultation, coaching and advocacy to children, teens, and adults. In addition, Mere offers individual counseling, gender assessments, co-parenting counseling, and couples counseling related to parenting transgender/trans, nonbinary, agender and gender-expansive adults, children and teens. Mere's areas of emphasis and specialization include: gender identity exploration, partner/sibling support, parent consultation, educational advocacy, and working with transgender/trans, nonbinary and gender expansive children, teens, and adults.