Dr. Dalton Connally
In addition to psychotherapy, and teaching social work at the university level, I also provide clinical training for therapists, presentations for organizations, schools, and health care providers on how to provide comprehensive care to transgender youth, adults and sexual minorities (LGBTQIA).
As a Gender Specialist, I have been doing clinical work with transgender people and their loved ones since 2000. I am available as a clinical consultant, as well as to supervise pre-licensed clinicians. One of my passions is coaching therapists to build successful and satisfying private practices.
In 1996 I earned my master's degree in Social Work at the University of Texas, and my PhD in 2001, also from the University of Texas. I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1996, and have held licenses in New Mexico, Texas, and Michigan.
With a warm and non-judgmental style, I'll help you explore the patterns causing you problems, and help you gain insight into the challenges in your life. As a team, we'll help you clear away your past to create more fulfillment in your life. I'll ask you to think deeply, challenge yourself, and nudge you forward.
I work with all clients on the LGBTQIA spectrum - individuals, couples, and family counseling on general mental health issues such as depression, self-esteem, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, or abuse recovery. In addition, I provide help with issues specific to our community; such as coming out to family or work, building support networks, relationship and sexuality issues, living with HIV/AIDS, and issues related to gender transitioning. We also offer supportive peer groups and a mentorship program to any client who is interested and meets the criteria.
TransGender Letter Services
At Connally Counseling, we adhere to the WPATH suggested guidelines for therapists. Before I go further, I want to say I am pro-therapy. To me, therapy is different than the mental health assessment that is described in the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC) found on http://www.wpath.org. Therapy is a commitment made by an individual that will allow them to explore their internal and external world and sit in the discomfort instead of run away from it. For a person who is transitioning, therapy is also a way to stay present.
Even if someone feels confident about their transition and better about their life, a lot could instantly change. From my own experience, the highs are really high and the lows are really low. The lows are brought on by people treating you differently, family, relationship, and employment conflicts, and mood changes either due to hormones or after surgeries. For all of these reasons, building a relationship with a therapist before the transition is a way to build a foundation that will be built upon as you move forward in life.
Some people may need or benefit from seeing a therapist weekly, others bi-monthly and others just here and there when they need a check-in.