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Gender Program

Connecticut Children’s Gender Program, led by pediatric endocrinologist Priya Phulwani, MD, provides compassionate care to children and adolescents who express a strong desire to be a gender other than that assigned at birth.

Please click the sections below to find trusted and compassionate care from primary care and mental health providers.

The following primary care providers have committed to providing compassionate care for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria.

Center for Pediatric Medicine, PC
Danbury, CT

Children’s Medical Group
Dr. Felicia Wilion
Bloomfield, CT

Farmington Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
Farmington, CT

Sari Friedman
Southington, CT

Guilford Family Practice/ProHealth
Guilford, CT

Marlborough Pediatrics/ProHealth
Marlborough, CT

Pediatric Associates of Cheshire
Cheshire, CT

Pediatric Associates of Western CT
Danbury, CT

Pioneer Valley Pediatrics
Enfield, CT & Longmeadow, MA

Pond Place Pediatrics
Prospect, CT

ProHealth Physicians of Manchester
Manchester, CT

Lester Schwartz, MD
Bloomfield, CT

Starling Physicians Ob/Gyn
Kristina Hennessey Hill

Adrienne Benjamin, LCSW (teens)
Newington, CT

Ashlie Befus, LMFT (teens/aduts)
Guilford, CT

Marcia Brubeck, JD, MSW, LCSW (all ages)
Hartford, CT

Sharon E. Cutts, ACSW/LCSW
Wethersfield, CT

Joan Day, LMFT (all ages)
Cromwell, CT

Laurin Franco, MS, LPC (all ages)
Plantsville, CT

Geoff Genser, MSW, LCSW (teens/adults)
West Hartford, CT

Deborah Horvath, LCSW
Meriden, CT

Jen Johnson, Counselor, MA, LPC, LMHC
Hamden, CT

Carole MacKenzie, LCSW (all ages)
Hartford, CT

Nancy Meyer-Lustman, PhD
New Haven, CT

Nicole Mulhall, LCSW (teens/adults)
Northfield, CT

Karen Myers, LCSW (all ages)
Enfield, CT

Marguerite Ruppenicker, PhD, LLC
Old Saybrook, CT

Laura M. I. Saunders, Psy.D. ABPP
Hartford, CT

Hillary Stern, LCSW
Mansfield, CT

Michael Stokes, LPC (all ages)
Naugatuck, CT

Tamara Vertefeuille, LCSW (all ages)
Storrs, CT
860.245.9629 x7

Gender Dysphoria Support Groups

  • New Haven – Offers support groups for children and teens with gender dysphoria, as well their parents and siblings.
  • Hartford – The Hartford Chapter of the national non-profit PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Questioning)
  • Hartford – At the Institute of Living, 16-26 year olds
  • Norwalk & Bridgeport – For information on Norwalk support groups for ages 6-12 and 18-25, and Bridgeport support groups for ages 13-24, contact tcc@ctpridecenter.org

For additional resources, support groups and therapists in Connecticut, visit:

For help with school transition/safety, visit:

For legal assistance, visit:

For resources on faith, visit:

For resources on medical/dental care for uninsured, visit:

For resources on free/low-cost STD testing, visit:

For a nationwide source of information and inspiration, visit the Human Rights Campaign and their additional resources.

For Medical Professionals

Medical professionals can access more information about the Gender Program here.

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