Los Angeles resources for transsexual people

This site has transsexual women's resources, transgender organizations, and international transsexual resources, but I wanted to share resources in my home town.

In the time I have lived here, I have come to consider Los Angeles my home. L.A. and California in general are great places to transition, with some of the most comprehensive and progressive programs in the United States.

Below are a few notable L.A. area resources. These are for informational purposes only and do not necessarily imply an endorsement.


Medical resources

LA Gay & Lesbian Center

Dr. Maddie Deutch and others offer trans health services through the Center at a reasonable cost.

http://laglc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=YH_Transgender_Health_Care

Richard S. Horowitz, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Horowitz is generally well-regarded. He probably does not accept insurance for transgender services.

  • 8635 W. Third Street Suite 885 W. Los Angeles, CA 90048
  • Telephone: (310) 358-7200
  • Email: rshorowitzmd@gmail.com

John O'Dea

  • O'Dea Medical Center
  • 4560 Admiralty Way, Suite 354 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
  • Telephone: (310) 482-3530
  • Website: http://www.odeamedical.com/

Dr. Jim Ye

  • 99 N. La Cienega Blvd. #M-100 Beverly Hills, CA 90211
  • Telephone: (310) 360-6887

A reader writes: "I have been going to Dr. Ye for many years to receive my BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) treatment, and occasionally for a facial. I have always found he and his staff extremely kind, caring and professional in all my needs."

  • Estrogen pellet implantation 
  • Estrogen & Progesterone injections
  • Estrogen & Progesterone creams
  • Hormone level testing & monitoring
  • Photo facials & Chemical peels
  • Laser hair removal
  • Lip & cheek fillers
  • Wrinkle treatment & Botox 
  • Self-stem cell facial rejuvenation 
  • Self-stem cell anti-aging 
  • Hair loss treatment 
  • Body fat analysis 
  • Nutrition consultation 
  • Personal training 



Therapists/counseling

Rosalyne Blumenstein, CSW

Smart, hilarious, and smokin' hot. Rosalyne has seen it all and can help you navigate all sorts of challenges in your life. A truly amazing success story from one of our wisest and street-smart activists.

Rosalyne Blumenstein profile

Heather Brewer, MFT intern

  • 2665 30th Street, Suite 217 Santa Monica CA 90405
  • (323) 319-6118
  • heather@heatherbrewermft.com

Changing Circles

  • Elise Turen
  • Phone: 310-475-8880 x2
  • email: dav222@covad.net
  • Caitríona Reed or Michele Banzamin-Miki
  • Phone: 760-782-9223
  • eail: manzanita@ordinarydharma.org
  • Five Changes Foundation
  • http://www.manzanitavillage.org

Gender Wellness of Los Angeles

Casey Weitzman, M.A., M.F.T.
Tom Cotsen, M.D.
(310) 441-0411 and press 2#
GWLA@verizon.net
http://www.genwell.org/ (site has other local resources listed)

Monthly Social Get Together meets the last Saturday of the month from 4-6 p.m. Please join Casey Weitzman, M.A., gender therapist and cofounder of Gender Wellness of Los Angeles and Layla of Layla's Electrolysis.  It meets at Layla's office which is located at 2001 S. Barrington Avenue. Suite 206, West L.A., CA  90025.  For more information or to RSVP, please do so at caseymft@verizon.net or 310 441-0411.

Helen E. Hill

Helen Hill LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
2211 Corinth Avenue, #203 Los Angeles, CA 90064
email: helenhillmft@gmail.com
web: http://www.genderSanctuary.com

Helen Hill is a psychotherapist, writer, and speaker. Helen returned to school in 2003 for her master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University after 25 years in the computer software field. Helen speaks on gender, sexuality and women's issues at universities and agencies. Helen is also a post-op transsexual woman who is intimately familiar with the journey toward congruency which so many among us must face. She writes:

"Gender is a gift. It is a unique and defining aspect of one's existence. Gender exists in mind, soul, and body. When the gender of mind or soul or body is not in congruence, then there are issues of division, pain, and suffering. It is only by examining who one is, by seeking to understand one's unique gift, that congruence, peace, and healing can begin. Transition is not a solution, but the beginning of a journey on a long path toward wellness. Perhaps, for the very first time in one's life, it can truly be said we are learning to live. And that is the gift itself -- living."

Los Angeles Gender Center (LAGC)

Amanda L. Silvestri, MA
Individual, family, and group psychotherapy
Gender idntity program - TS /TG / CD
Gay/lesbian/bisexual issues
310-475-8880
1923.5 Westwood Blvd Suite 2 Los Angeles CA 90025
http://www.lagendercenter.com

Arlen Ring

Arlen Ring, Ph.D. Psychologist, License psy8070
Associate Director, Los Angeles Gender Center

1923.5 Westwood Blvd. #2, Los Angeles, CA 90025
20501 Ventura Blvd. #395, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Email  Arlen@ArlenRing.com
Web: http://www.arlenring.com/
818-999-0581

Transgender Counseling

Van Ness Recovery House

Designed to meet the critical and expanding needs of the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender community for alcohol and drug addiction recovery. Services are available to anyone regardless of ability to pay or HIV status.

1919 North Beachwood Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
323-463-4266
vnrh@aol.com

Mou Wilson, LMFT

Focus on sexuality issues and sex therapy with individuals or couples. Sex should be a fun, and enjoyable experience, and sexuality a life-enriching endeavor, but so often we're riddled with confusion about identity, worry or guilt about our actions, and shame about the past.
Society doesn't always want us to talk about sex, and we're often left feeling as though we lack the skills to deal with sexual issues when they come up in our relationships and in our lives.

Specializes invariations in sexual expression.

Mou Wilson, MA MFT
Psychotherapy and Sex Therapy for Individuals and Couples
5731 West Slauson Ave., Suite No. 175, Culver City, CA 90230
323.284.4423
http://www.mouwilson.com/
info@mouwilson.com

Alexander Yoo, MA

5731 West Slauson Ave., Suite No. 175, Culver City, CA 90230
Office: 310-773-3484 • FAX: 310-975-1344
Supervised by Jan Reynolds, M.A., MFT, MFC21785
E-mail: therapy@alexanderyoo.com
Website: http://www.alexanderyoo.com

Experienced, compassionate therapist specializing in LGBTIQ, genderqueer, transgender, transsexual, and bisexual/pansexual individuals and communities, poly families, relationships, and tribes, leather/BDSM folk, other "alternative" sexualities and genders, spirituality, addiction/recovery, crises of identity and belief, grief and loss, coming out, and more. Individuals, couples, relationships, families, and groups. Both as an individual and under the auspices of GenderQueer Revolution's Total Wellness! program ( www.genderqueerrevolution.org), an ongoing LGBTIQ/gender health series, Alexander continues to educate businesses, community organizations, and health providers with sensitivity, cultural competency, and EEO Compliance trainings. He has designed, prepared, and presented countless lectures as well as psycho-educational workshops and seminars for a number of health professionals and businesses on sexuality, polyamory, gender, mental health, spirituality, sexuality, philosophy, race, ethnicity, HIV, and other topics.


Orange County & Long Beach:

Laura Caghan, PsyD, PsyD Psychologist

3551 Florista, Suite 1-D, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
-and-
15615 Alton Parkway, Suite 220, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 450-1011
www.drlauracaghan.com

As a psychologist (California license PSY19679) and member of WPATH specializing in gender work, my practice includes MTF, FTM, genderqueer and crossdressing. I am also a psychoanalyst comfortable with the many issues that can exist alongside gender matters. My two offices in Southern California are accessible to all of Orange County and greater Long Beach

Marnee Reiley

Marnee Reiley, Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (#61489)
Phone: 949-648-7991
Web: www.YourOCTherapist.com
Twitter: @YourOCTherapist
Facebook: facebook.com/OCTherapy

Supervised by Dr. Chantal Kendall, Licensed Psychologist, PSY 21287
4010 Barranca Parkway, Suite 252 Irvine, CA 92604 (corner of Barranca and Culver)

TG Rainbow

http://www.mach25media.com/tgr.html

San Diego: Patricia Wojdowski, L.C.S.W.

8755 Aero Dr., Suite 225, San Diego, CA 92123
858-292-0492
http://www.gendercounseling.com/

Patricia Wojdowski, L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist in private practice (in San Diego, California) who specializes in the treatment of persons with various gender disorders. She is a compassionate, understanding therapist who has worked extensively with many gender dysphoric individuals and couples.


Hair removal

Layla's electrolysis and skin essentials

  • Permanent hair removal for men and women
  • Permanent makeup
  • Skin analysis
  • Facial
  • Photo facial
  • Body treatment
  • Waxing
  • Massage
  • Ear piercing
  • 310-477-7123
  • http://www.laylas-electrolysis.com
  • infoATlaylas-electrolysisDOTcom
  • 12304 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 107, West Los Angeles CA 90025

Sabrena Smith & Associates

Zap-A-Hair Electrolysis

Zap A Hair Electrolysis
Tina Reynolds, L.E.
Tara Blaska, L.E.
1750 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
310.474.4787
http://www.zapahair.com

We're open 7 days a week.

Mary Yamaki

Mary's Body Aesthetica
8344 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA
323.651.0505
http://www.maryyamaki.com/

I was trying to get on the site to let you know of a great place in Beverly Hills that is trans friendly. My friend Mary Yamaki has treated so many clients and has such great results I wanted to share them with everyone. She has numbing cream, but because she is a nurse she can also do lidocaine injections. She has access to a laser machine that works on all skin colors and can give the best advice for both kinds o hair removal. I think she is great and all of the people I have referred to her are happy.

Suzanne Rogers, R.E.

Permanent hair removal
Orange, CA (near Glassell & the Garden Grove Freeway)
Phone: (714) 633-3630
Phone: (714) 394-9856

Descanso Electrolysis

Judee Carrico
2032 Thompson Court #12 Montrose, CA 91020 (Pasadena, Glendale La Cresenta area of L.A.)
Phone: (818) 249-5489

Mon- Sat. By appointment only

Number of electrologists in office: One
Treatment with two electrologists simultaneously available? No
Modality used: Blend

Type of probes available: disposable, gold-plated

Electrologist wears a mask.
Electrologist wears gloves.

How you chose your electrologist: TG referral

Was consultation free? yes
Were hairs treated? yes
Were certification/training documents displayed. yes

Please state your opinion about this electrologist:
She is very good! I'd drive a long way to use her! And very understanding and welcoming of TS clients. I've had about 100 hours so far, 2 hours per week, for a little over a year. Looks great, is staying gone, all clear above jaw line, we have only the neck to go! (To finish my face. I'll do torso and genitals next.) I'll be happy to let others interested look at my face to see her work. toripoppy@yahoo.com

I am a electrologist that has been serving the TS/TG community for the last 13 years and do not see a listing for me on your TS roadmap web page.

Licensed Registered Electrologist 15 years
Served as a board director for the Electrology Association of California 6 years
Co - author of the current California Electrologist State Exam
Advanced laser training in a IPL and Pulse Diode lasers ESC Medical
Advanced Training Photofacials

ElectroYogi

Nicole Policicchio, L.E.
http://www.electroyogi.com
nicole@electroyogi.com
213-804-7392

Nicole writes: I proudly support anyone going through transition and have a private studio in Eagle Rock, CA as well as a practice in West Hollywood. You can learn more about me via my web site: www.electroyogi.com


General support

Equality California

This group is leading the way in California as we work toward improved legislation and access to trans health services.

Equality California profile

L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center

I give classes here now and then, and several big events have been held there.

Of special note is Trans-Unity Pride, a series of events focusing on our community.

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s the Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038 
(One block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Blvd)

http://www.lagaycenter.org/site/PageServer?pagename=YW_Transgender_Services

http://www.lagaycenter.org/

Being Me Orange County

Director Cheryl Miller of the Orange County Transgender Coalition needs to be updated as she’s no longer part of OCTC. Her new website is

Being Me Orange County
http://www.beingme-oc.org/

The Center OC

For 40 years The Center OC has been advocating on behalf of the Orange County LGBT community, working to ensure its well-being through a wide variety of programs and services.

http://www.thecenteroc.org/

1605 N. Spurgeon Street Santa Ana, CA 92701