Denise O’Doherty



Denise O’Doherty LPC, MSN, LMFT, RN, a native New Yorker, is a psychotherapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified IMAGO Relationship Therapist, and a Registered Nurse. She has had a full-time private practice in Houston, Texas for over 25 years.

In addition to her practice, Denise is an educator, lecturer and author. She presents regularly to professional, corporate and civic organizations on personal development and transgender education. She has been a Clinical Instructor for the University of Texas at Houston School of Nursing. Her warm and engaging style provides enlightenment, clarity and insight. She inspires confidence while helping others seek positive change. Denise specializes in Gender Identity Issues, Marriage and Family Therapy, Relationship Counseling, Pre-Marital Counseling, Addiction, Recovery and Codependency. She recently published a workbook, “Personal Boundaries and Effective Confrontation.”

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“Mom, Dad – I’m Transgender.”

As the parent – What do you say?  What do you do?
How do you cope with what is about to unfold in your life?

A parent’s life can change forever when a child “comes out” and says they are transgender. Whether your child is 5 or 50, the word “transgender” or “transition”, will likely cause a multitude of conflicting emotions and countless questions. Parents, are often unprepared to know what’s next and most importantly, know how to care for themselves in the process.

This book was written to make the adjustment process easier for parents or anyone who loves a transgender person. Specifically, you will:

  • Gain insight regarding what the issues are that parents commonly face
  • Receive valuable suggestions on how to work through feelings such as grief, denial, depression, anger, shame and guilt.
  • Learn conflict management for siblings and other family members.
  • Become well-versed in knowing what to say to others and how to effectively deal with resistance.
  • Develop effective methods of addressing religious, cultural and social issues.
  • Discover how to cope and take care of yourself in the process
  • Understand acceptance and what it can mean for you as the parent.
This book is a must-read resource for family members, educators, clergy, counselors, the medical field, social awareness advocates and everyone who loves a transgender person and the parent raising them.

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