Since 2006 Tony has dedicated himself in advocating for transgender youth and their families. He has worked tirelessly to bring awareness to educators and the medical community on the needs of transgender youth.
In 2007, Tony founded two youth groups: Translation, a support group for transgender teenagers, and Create Yourself, an art group for transgender and gender non-conforming children under the age of twelve. Tony also assisted in forming TransPACT, a support group for parents of transgender and gender non-conforming children. The work he has been doing with transgender youth and families has allowed Tony to witness a child go from hopelessness to hopefulness by simply affirming their gender. He watches families grow through the struggles they face when their child comes out as transgender.
“The work I have been doing with transgender youth and families has allowed me to witness a child go from hopelessness to hopefulness by simply affirming their gender. I watch families grow through the struggles they face when their child comes out as transgender. It is truly my honor to be a part of my clients’ journeys” ~Tony Ferraiolo
Tony offers Individual Coaching and Family Coaching.
“When my child came out to me as being transgender, I honestly did not know where to turn for support. I was given Tony’s contact information and right from the initial conversation we had on the telephone I knew I had found someone to help guide me through this life-changing journey that I suddenly found myself navigating. Immediately I felt at ease in speaking to Tony; his light approach coupled with just the right amount of humor helped me to define my fears and with his guidance and support I have not only been given the strength to guide and support my child, but to also educate others in what can be very sensitive issues. Tony has proven to be an incredible coach and I am forever grateful to be able to include him in the many positive people who have come into my life.” ~Maura Gianakos
“Tony Ferraiolo changed my daughter’s life, as well as mine. Three years ago at 16, my daughter was, angry, depressed, isolating and struggling with her gender identity journey. Most frightening was that frequent depression had led to self harming behaviors and hospital stays. Today she is a vibrant, engaging, confident young woman, attending community college. She did public speaking at colleges while in high school and is now looking at her future and potential as limitless. The self harming behaviors disappeared long ago. As a parent, I now have total confidence in her going out in the world to spread her wings and reach her potential. The driving force in all of this change was the coaching of Tony Ferraiolo. Tony also coached me how negotiate my way alongside my daughter on our journey.” ~Don Arsenault
“Most parents are highly distressed when their child tells them, “I’m transgender.” They worry that their child is on a path leading to danger and regret. Tony Ferraiolo helps parents and teens find their way past this fear and confusion. He brings tremendous insight and compassion to his work. Tony helps families adopt a supportive response and take the time they need to clarify the young person’s gender identity. His coaching is based on extensive knowledge and experience, tailored to the needs of your child and your family. You can trust Tony to help you figure out what is best for your child at this challenging time.” ~Irwin Krieger, author of Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents