Gender identity refers to a person’s basic sense of self as
a male or a female. Some children and adolescents are unhappy being a boy or a
We offer assessment and treatment and help children, youth,
ages 3-18, and their families better understand a young person’s struggle with
gender identity development and any related behavioural or emotional problems.
We also assess adolescents who are concerned about being sexually aroused by
We also offer consultation to other professionals
(physicians, psychologists, social workers, teachers and other health care
workers) locally, across Canada
and in the United States.
Children and youth from anywhere in Canada are
eligible for assessment. We accept referrals from any health care professional,
parent or youth aged 16 and older.
Our assessments begin with a telephone interview and then
involve several visits to our office. During these appointments we interview
the family together and the parents alone. We also give the child or adolescent
psychological tests. At the end of the assessment, we give parents feedback
about their child or adolescent, and make recommendations for treatment if
Visits are spaced apart, usually over a period of one to two
months for people living in Toronto.
Families from outside the Greater Toronto Area are seen for an intensive
Our assessments are covered by all provincial health
insurance plans, including OHIP. Medical costs are covered by the province
where the child and family live. Some provinces may also pay some travel costs.
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Referral Required: No
To access the service please contact Access CAMH, the
centralized intake service at CAMH. Access CAMH ensures the right patient
gets to the right place at the right time.
Access CAMH contact 416-535-8501, press 2
New referrals can be faxed to Access CAMH 416-979-6815 using
the referral form below.
Referral Form (PDF)
Workman Way - CAMH Queen Street site between Shaw Street and Ossington Avenue