What to expect
When your child has received a diagnosis of gender dysphoria from a licensed mental health provider, please call the clinic at (816) 960-8844. We will guide you to the services you need.
Your first appointment is typically with the Gender Pathway Services (GPS) team, which includes multiple health care professionals. Depending on your child’s needs, your team may include:
An endocrinologist is available to discuss puberty-blocking and gender-affirming hormones (at appropriate ages), monitor effects, and help guide families to surgeons for gender-affirming surgeries, if desired. That physician may also recommend blood work or X-rays to screen for other health conditions that may influence medical therapy.
Developmental and Behavioral Health
A Gender Pathway Services psychologist will provide a diagnostic evaluation and make treatment recommendations. Ongoing mental health care is generally provided in the community, but GPS psychologists are available to consult with community therapists as needed.
An Adolescent Medicine Specialist will assist young people and their families who need help with psychiatric medications, menstrual suppression, or other reproductive health needs. Adolescent Medicine specialists are also available outside of Gender Pathway Services for teens and families who have questions about the gender transition process or need assistance connecting to community services, but do not currently want to start hormones or blockers.
A Board-Certified Chaplain will provide gender-affirming support that facilitates spiritual well-being and nurturing respectful and compassionate relationships. They can also provide you with resources to guide families in search of open and affirming communities of faith, if desired.
Gender-affirming voice coaching referrals are available at Children’s Mercy.