About Us

Our highly dedicated, compassionate and respectful team serves transgender patients globally. Well over 1,000 patients have been helped in the past 14 years.

Welcome to The Transgender Institute®

A Note from Caroline:  “My chief asset, apart from 16 years of clinical expertise, is my acceptance of all humans regardless of any emotional, physical or psychological burdens they may carry. I do not shy away from any issue or person, and carry no judgment or fear into my work.”

Caroline Gibbs is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and National Certified Counselor.

Caroline Gibbs, The Transgender Institiute
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Meet Our Team

Dedicated professionals ready to help you make life better

                           Caroline Gibbs

                 Founder/Director/Therapist

Caroline GibbsOur Founder and Director, Caroline Gibbs, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor, nationally and internationally recognized as an educator, advocate and provider for this population.

She understands the current DSM-5 diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria and differentiates among sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

Working with this clientele requires specialization, comprising in part, an awareness of the impact of stress on gender dysphoria and the non-pathologizing of stress-related symptoms, and additionally, a particular knowledge of grief and bereavement as they manifest during the transgender client’s and his or her family’s journey.

Caroline brings a deep respect for, and sensitivity to, the needs of families of origin, partners, children and friends, a familiarity with the diversity of gender expression and the transgender liberation movement, and an in-depth knowledge of mental health issues and psychotherapeutic techniques. She also has the ability to assess for mental illness, addictions, and trauma-related conditions.

Caroline uses a holistic approach that includes psychological counseling, hormone treatment, psychiatric referrals, and surgery guidance among numerous other services.

She follows the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care (formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Association) and complies with the HIPAA Privacy Practices. Caroline is a member of WPATH; the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE); and the American Educational Gender Information Services (AEGIS).

For counseling, coaching or consultation call Caroline at 816-305-0943 or e-mail her at CarolineGibbs@transinstitute.org. You may also e-mail directly from our Contact page.

 
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                 Sindhu Krishnamoorthi, LPC

Sindhu Krishnamoorthi - The Transgender InstituteOur fellowship student, Sindhu Krishnamoorthi, is a licensed professional counselor and children’s program therapist at Lakemary Center in Paola, Kansas.

Sindhu received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.  Sindhu moved to the Kansas City area for graduate school, and obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri—Kansas City.

For the last three years, Sindhu has been specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) coupled with psychiatric illnesses.  Sindhu has extensive experience utilizing a structured behavioral approach with children who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In 2012, Sindhu completed her graduate clinical internship at the Midwest Center for Eating Disorders in Research Medical Center.  She is currently continuing her work with eating disorders at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center in Leawood, Kansas.  Sindhu facilitates structured psychoeducational groups with patients on the weekends.  These groups include Dialectal Behavioral Therapy: Interpersonal Effectiveness, Behavioral Chain Analysis, and Family Systems.

Sindhu’s deep interest in working with transindividuals began with a gender dysphoric patient in 2015.  The patient had a history of multiple attempts to sever his penis, and Sindhu was referred to The Transgender Institute in pursuit of case consultation.  The opportunity to complete a year-long fellowship presented itself, and Sindhu was overjoyed to begin studying under the expertise of Caroline Gibbs.
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                          Adrienne Ownigs
                 Certified Therapeutic Coach

Adrienne Ownigs - The Transgender InstituteAdrienne Owings is a Certified Therapeutic Life Coach who is trained in NLP, Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy and she is passionate about helping people to create the life they desire and her mission is to assist them in removing the blocks to their success, uncovering their potential and living a life they love.

She has worked with many different people from all walks of life and she offers a caring, accepting space for the individual to look honestly and openingly at their lives and uncover the behaviors, beliefs, values and emotions that may be holding them back from leading a happy and productive life.

Her catch phrase is “you have to feel it to heal it”, and she is committed to helping clients to overcome any doubts and fears while going through the healing process with her many tools and techniques and above all, to remember, it’s not about fixing us, its about uncovering our magnificence!

To contact Adrienne directly call: 913-568-5930, or email her at: aowings01@gmail.com. You can also visit her website at www.empoweringyouforlife.com.
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                          Richard Fontana, PhD
                           Clinical Psychiatrist

Richard Fontana, PHDRichard Fontana attended the University of Kentucky where he received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

He has worked as a forensic Psychologist for the Missouri Department of Mental Health evaluating individuals charged with violent felonies. He testified in court regarding their competency to stand trial and their responsibility for the criminal act for which they were charged.

He has also worked in private practice in St. Louis and Kansas City Missouri conducting psychological evaluations and performing individual and group therapy with dual diagnosis, eating disorders, adult and adolescent stress, and adult and adolescent substance abuse patients. In addition, he worked for the St. Louis city public school system conducting evaluations for early childhood special education.

Recently, he has served as the Clinical Director for a sixty (60) bed, long-term, residential treatment center serving children and adolescents six (6) to nineteen (19) years of age with psychological and sexual behavior problems.

During this time he has served on numerous HMO and PPO provider panels.

As an adjunct professor he taught Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Social Psychology.

He currently provides psychological services for Nothing By Chance Coaching and Counseling in Kansas City, Missouri.

To contact Richard directly call:573-433-4243, or email him at: Richard.fontana@yahoo.com.
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                  Una Catherine Nowling

            Director of Transgender Studies

Una Catherine Nowling - The Transgender InstituteUna Nowling  is a transgender researcher and historian who is the administrator of the website Transas City ( http://transascity.org ). She is the hostess of the Trans Talk edition of The Tenth Voice on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio, and frequently lectures to Kansas and Missouri city councils, businesses, universities and high schools, STEM societies, counseling centers, and medical groups on topics related to the transgender experience, such as science, religion, culture, and history. She works with transgender activists and historians to share knowledge and research. She provides mentoring to transgender persons both in and outside the Kansas City area, and has worked on-site with transgender communities throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom, China, Thailand, and India. Una has formally presented on gender and transgender issues in the workplace for the Society of Women Engineers, and is a presenter on that subject at WE16 in October, 2016.

Una also researches intersex issues and culture, and has worked with several intersex members of the Kansas City community, as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons and community groups. Her passion is researching, preserving, and sharing the culture and science of the entire transgender experience.

Outside of her activism she is an Engineering Consultant, an adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UMKC, a culture, history, and technical writer for Sun-Times Media, and a science writer for Access Intelligence. Una develops coursework and teaches on a variety of technical subjects, and has taught more than 200 classes throughout the United States and in 14 countries. Una sits on the Board of Directors of KKFI, and serves on their finance, grievance, and news and public affairs committees. A resident of Kansas City for more than 40 years, Una has been married for 13 years to her wife Fiona, who for several years has run the local SOFFA support group for significant others, family, friends, and allies of transgender people.

Email Una at una.nowling@gmail.com.
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                              Aiyana Rose

                 Rainbow Heart Productions

                          Director of Media

Aiyana Rose - The Transgender InstituteRainbow Heart Productions (RHP) is a production company founded by transgender TV Actress and Producer Aiyana Rose and is a division of The Transgender Institute. Rainbow Heart Productions is an LGBT friendly production company owned and operated by LGBT people across the globe.

We provide creative film production and animation production for clients of a large variety including small and commercial businesses, corporate and independent filmmakers, advertising agencies, reality TV and individuals of any kind in need of our production services.Our directors and producers are all highly experienced professionals. Our crew are professional and highly skilled individuals from the TV & film industries. Unlike many production companies, our facilities and experience span both live action filmmaking and CGI/stop frame animation. We have experienced commercial directors covering animation, live action, and reality TV production along with in-house post production facilities. We provide a full production resource for our clients.
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