What Others Say About Us

Allison, 34 year-old transwoman

“As soon as I walked through the door, The Transgender Institute was caring and open in ways I never knew were possible. Individual sessions were a combination of self-acceptance, much needed tough love, and progress. Group sessions, which I lovingly refer to as Caroline’s Charm School and are highly recommend, will allow you to make friends for a lifetime and develop a better sense of just where you’re going in terms of transitioning. I cannot recommend the experience enough, for all that it helped me.”

Allison, 34 year-old transwoman
Isaac, 19 year-old transman

“The Transgender Institute was very helpful in getting me on track with the steps that needed to be taken before and during my transition.  I consider my relationship with Caroline a trustful one; if there’s anything I need help with, I can go to her knowing that she will help.”

Isaac, 19 year-old transman
Jaron

“Caroline is very passionate and dedicated regarding her work as a Therapist and Director of the Transgender Institute. I have worked with Caroline on several occasions, approaching issues of inclusion and acceptance of transgender individuals as a part of our globally diverse community. Caroline has the utmost integrity, and I look forward to working with her on other projects in the future.”

Jaron
Debra

“Caroline was one of the very few therapists I met at the 2011 WPATH biennial meeting who understood the therapist’ s role. She was a breath of fresh air. I wish she, or someone like her, had been my therapist when I transitioned.”

Debra
Anne

“Caroline is a true trailblazer, knocking down myths and prejudice on a daily basis regardless of what people think. She has taken on what others refuse to look at, refuse to deal with, and refuse to understand. Her ambition is infectious. She has the right mix of compassion and intelligence to educate the world about human rights and how so many transgender people are at risk of losing theirs on a daily basis. She has dedicated her life to helping those who are called names, rejected, and violated because they were born with the “wrong” body, and she continues to educate other therapists on the best ways to work toward change. It’s always inspiring to know women who are willing to risk everything to help society as a whole and Caroline is definitely one of those strong women. Thank you, Caroline, for all you do for the transgender community, and all you do to educate the rest of us that didn’t have a clue! Keep trailblazing – you are truly awesome:)”

Anne
Voice Therapy Group Member

“I’ve been wanting voice therapy for a long time. I live in Columbia, Missouri – I had some voice therapy in 1993 and it didn’t really do much.  I heard about Caroline Gibbs’s voice therapy program last fall and wanted to be a part, despite the two-hour drive.  Voice therapy in group with Caroline Gibbs has not disappointed. Thanks to group – I seem to have a soprano voice – and there’s some likelihood that I’m actually an extrovert. These possibilities were 100% unbelievable on January 1 of this year.  I now have experience with twelve therapists over the years. Group with Caroline Gibbs is the most productive therapy experience I have ever had.  I plan to attend one of the new groups starting next week.”

Voice Therapy Group Member

Plus Many More….

Group Therapy Member

“I would like to add that the group therapy was a big help for me. I went and met other people who were going the same thing as me and suddenly I didn’t feel so alone anymore. If you are considering joining one of the groups, I would highly recommend doing it.”

Group Therapy Member
Group Therapy Member

“I would like to add that the group therapy was a big help for me. I went and met other people who were going the same thing as me and suddenly I didn’t feel so alone anymore. If you are considering joining one of the groups, I would highly recommend doing it.”

 
Group Therapy Member
Adult Group Member

“I’ve never really been in a group therapy setting before, and I was a little nervous the first time I went. But caroline made everybody feel very welcome and comfortable, and within minutes had us all talking.  I won’t go into much detail, given that as all therapy it is very private. But I will say this: It was funny, it was serious, it was sad, angry and most of all, it was HELPFUL. Things came out of me there that I didn’t know were in me. Through the course of two series’ of 8 sessions each, I have gained confidence in my voice, the way I carry myself, and I think I may have made some of the most important breakthroughs and decisions in a lot of years, thanks to those sessions.  To anyone who is thinking about trying this out, please, do yourself a BIG favor and join. It changed my life for the better, in some BIG ways.”

Adult Group Member
Adult Group Member

“In all honesty group sessions with Caroline are the highlight of my week. It’s a place where I don’t have to hide or be scared. I can just go and be myself. The voice and comportment training have been invaluable to my transition. Plus the added bonus of making new friends makes it a can’t lose proposition. I am forever grateful for the experiences I have gotten from group therapy.”

Adult Group Member
Young Adult Group Member

“Group has a good mixture of serious, helpful therapy and ridiculous antics. Helpful and fun!”

Young Adult Group Member
Young Adult Group Member

“Group is a great experience, and can really help to give a broader perspective on trans issues.”

Young Adult Group Member
Young Adult Group Member

“Group really brightens my day. It gives me the chance to be myself around like-minded individuals.”

Young Adult Group Member
Young Adult Group Member

“Voice feminization group is awesome. Not only do you learn how to feminize your voice, but you also get to meet nice people and hear what they are going through.”

Young Adult Group Member
Adult Group Member

“I was always reluctant to attend any sort of group. After the encouragement and support sank in I found one of the best things I could have there– belief in myself. The friendships, tools, and confidence I took away have since enabled me to take the world from my shoulders and place it beneath my feet.”

Adult Group Member

“I really enjoyed the transgender panel. I loved the way it was set up, hearing from both the children and the parents. I thought the Kansas University Medical Center Panel Presentation did an excellent job addressing how the issue could be applied to the medical profession.”

Voice Student

“Caroline-  I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed the voice class so far and to thank you for your patience with me.  I appreciated you taking the time to ask me how far I wanted to take this.  That made me feel very good that you cared enough to ask and find out where I was.  At one time I was just “dipping my toe in the water” so to speak, so wasn’t in a place where I really wanted my voice to be different but now I’ve come so far that I can tell I don’t even like my male voice anymore, so the less I hear it the better.  But I also have been at a place where I didn’t feel my female voice was very good either, so I have been in a mode of not talking as much. And when I do, I am shy and quiet. It has been a struggle for me.  

Last night, I really thought I could hear, or as you described, feel my feminine voice for like the first time.  I feel like I’ve progressed so far in allowing my female mannerisms to show through so much more than I used to when I was in “hyper-sensitive” hiding that mode.  So hopefully, I’ll be able to do this and find my true voice.  Kind of exciting for me and really a big step for me in my journey.

But THANK YOU for all you do.”

 

Voice Student

“I really enjoyed the transgender panel. I loved the way it was set up, hearing from both the children and the parents. I thought the Kansas University Medical Center Panel Presentation did an excellent job addressing how the issue could be applied to the medical profession.”