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Effects of Gender Transition on Sexuality: How does feminizing/masculinizing hormone therapy and genital surgery affect one’s sexual response?

When: Friday, 02/23/2018
Noon - 1:30 PM
Where: LACPA Office
6345 Balboa Blvd.
Bldg 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: Erica Marchand

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Sex and Sexuality Special Interest Group

March and April SIG, Club, and Networking meetings open to ALL - you do not have to be a member of LACPA to attend.


"Effects of Gender Transition on Sexuality: How does feminizing/masculinizing hormone therapy and genital surgery affect one’s sexual response?"


Speaker: Natalia Zhikhareva, Ph.D.



Presentation Description: Most transgender people view transition as some form of physical body modification via hormones and/or surgery. With insurance companies expanding to cover transgender related services, more individuals today are able to obtain hormone therapy and most importantly genital surgery. These procedures cause many changes that affect how trans-
people experience their sexuality. Some experience changes in their libido, increased interest in specific types
of sexual practices, changes in physical sexual response and even changes in the types of people to whom they are attracted. This presentation explores the effects of gender transition on ones sexuality and offers solutions on how to work with transgender individuals.

Speaker Bio: Dr Natalia Zhikhareva (Dr Z) is a clinical psychologist specializing in transgender care and has worked with transgender individuals for over a decade. Her passion working in the transgender community fostered an interest in clinical research leading to the publication of “Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Projective Drawings of Pre-Operative Male-to- Female Transgendered Individuals Perception of Their Genitalia.” Dr Z's most recent work includes writing and contributing to Male-to- Female and Female-to- Male transgender courses, offered by the online training program Loveology University. She has been featured as a speaker on current transgender issues at Empowered Trans Woman Summit, founded the Hormone Readiness Group for trans-youth living in Portland, Oregon, and is the facilitator of the Transition & Beyond Group in LA.


Parking info for Weekday/daytime programs:


The LACPA office address is THE ENCINO OFFICE PARK, 6345 Balboa Blvd, Building 2, Suite 126, Encino, CA 91316 - second building from Balboa Blvd., conveniently located near ample free daytime/weekday street parking on Balboa Blvd, south of Victory Blvd.  Both sides of Balboa have all day free parking.  There is also plenty of free parking at the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex on the west side of Balboa, south of Victory, 6201 Balboa Blvd. (2nd driveway past the Busway). A 3-4 minute walk to the office door.  Wherever you park, please check the signs. 


Parking at The Encino Office Park lot between the hours of 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. is restricted to building tenants only.  Please do not park in the lot at the building.


"The opinions of presenters at informal forums, such as Special Interest Groups (SIGs) or club meetings, and their approach to psychological issues and interventions do not represent a formal endorsement of any position by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association or its members.  The opinions, ideas, and concepts expressed are purely those of the presenter."



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