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I have been an active supporter and client of Caroline Gibbs and the Transgender Institute of Kansas City since I moved here from California with my deceased beloved mother, Dorothy, back in the spring of 2010. My mother and I attended private sessions and counseling appointments together and occasional open houses and outside events. I cannot speak highly enough of Ms. Caroline, as a compassionate and knowledgeable friend, counselor, therapist and true hero of the transgender cause and community! She was my personal lifeline, redeemer and savior when I became homeless in the Spring of 2019. It was her recommendation and association with church of the resurrection that prevented me from being out on the street with other members of the homeless community. For this reason alone, I will always be grateful to Caroline, and she will always have a very special place in my heart. She is one in a billion! My loving support and prayers are with her and the clients and staff of the Transgender Institute for the impact she has had on my life, and the lives of others in our precious family community! Goddess bless her for the work she continues to do, and may the transgender population be as her office motto proudly displays, “Transgender—The last frontier of social justice”. And so it is!

I was lucky to stumble upon the Transgender Institute support group. Shortly after attending a few group meetings I made the decision to accept my true self. Once I made this decision I was scared but made a call to setup an appointment with Caroline. I attended the meeting and was quickly put at ease and acknowledged my transgender state and the need to move forward. I was given great connections to the proper doctors and with my letter started hormones and living as the girl I've always felt like. Through the many blessings in life have been able to attend voice lessons with Caroline. Voice is tough but with continual practice will meet my goal because of the teachings. The support group has been a truly honored blessing with the opportunity to both give and get support. The initial call was scary but I've found a true glow within myself thanks to the love and support from The Transgender Institute.

I've known Caroline for many years and I think she's a fantastic resource for the transgender community. I've done mentoring for her with some of her clients that needed to meet another transgender person and ask questions that she can't answer. She has lists of resources for other types of care like endocrinology and surgery, and she updates those lists when new resources come up. As someone who began my transition a long time ago, with access to these kinds of resources, I'm always surprised by what is out there, and would have loved to find someone like her back then.

This institute has been a life saver for me personally. The counseling and support offered through this group has been instrumental in my successful transition. Caroline helped me first find the courage and understanding to move forward to be fully authentic and change my life for the better. I am eternally thankful for the help received through everyone -directly and indirectly-associated with this wonderful informational and counseling center.

I was lucky to stumble upon the Transgender Institute support group. Shortly after attending a few group meetings I made the decision to accept my true self. Once I made this decision I was scared but made a call to setup an appointment with Caroline. I attended the meeting and was quickly put at ease and acknowledged my transgender state and the need to move forward. I was given great connections to the proper doctors and with my letter started hormones and living as the girl I've always felt like. Through the many blessings in life have been able to attend voice lessons with Caroline. Voice is tough but with continual practice will meet my goal because of the teachings. The support group has been a truly honored blessing with the opportunity to both give and get support. The initial call was scary but I've found a true glow within myself thanks to the love and support from The Transgender Institute.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Caroline is an incredible, down-to-earth therapist that was willing to hear me out and offer her own trained insight, backing me up and reassuring me every step of the way in medical transitioning. She cares so much about her patients, and it’s obvious in everything she does. Do yourself a favor if you require a letter for surgery and go here!

Caroline Gibbs is a wonderful therapist who has helped me tremendously in my personal life. She, as well as everyone connected to TTI, has always been professional in every aspect with regard to the services I have received. TTI is an exemplary organization that serves the KC community in multifaceted ways and maintains the highest standards with the work they perform.

I got what I was looking for with TTI in someone to talk to and for someone to relate with. I really didn't know where or who to turn to for answers to what my condition is, but I'm fortunate I found The Transgender Institute and Caroline Gibbs because my other Therapist wasn't able to connect me with the proper treatment or resources that the Institute provides. I have indeed been helped, perhaps even saved.

I needed help transitioning and was networked with amazing people that showed me this was much easier than I thought. What I thought impossible for me greatly exceeded my best dreams. The voice training made my voice delightfully beautiful and joyful

Caroline Gibbs fantastic. Her therapy and resources have really helped every aspect of my transition. She also helped my wife and me get past the bumps in our relationship that were caused by my transition.

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.

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:)

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.