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Gender Dysphoria (Transgender)

The gender-affirmative approach often presumes that minors expressing a desire to adopt a gender identity different from their assigned sex should automatically be classified as transgender, with the primary focus of therapy being to facilitate their transition.

At our center, we advocate for a more comprehensive and informed approach. We firmly believe that individuals contemplating gender transition, which entails significant and lasting changes, deserve a guided and expert-led process. After all, what is the value of seeking guidance from a therapist if they lack the specialized expertise to navigate this complex journey with you?

Gender Exploratory Therapy

Exploratory therapy sets aside the notion of a predetermined outcome, such as reverting to one's assigned birth sex, and instead centers on a patient-focused process. Its core objective is to delve into, comprehend, and address the multifaceted factors contributing to distress within an individual's life.

Treatment for gender dysphoria encompasses three distinct domains:

1. **Exploration of Gender Perceptions:** This involves a deep dive into an individual's understanding of gender, its far-reaching effects, and the implications it carries.

2. **Gender Affirming Care (e.g., Hormone Therapy or Surgery):** We want to clarify that IncreMental Health Tips does not offer this aspect of treatment.

3. **Strategies for Distress Reduction:** Crafting techniques to alleviate the distress experienced is a vital part of the therapeutic process.

Exploratory therapy extends over an extended duration, usually spanning a year or more, in order to sufficiently address the intricate issues that invariably punctuate the lives of young individuals grappling with gender dysphoria. These complexities are not easily discerned, let alone comprehended and resolved, in a mere handful of sessions. Furthermore, older individuals exploring their gender identity may confront a different set of questions or a heightened level of complexity.

When it comes to managing suicidality in individuals experiencing gender-related distress, we advocate for a consistent approach, just as in any other situation. It's important to note that there is limited evidence to suggest that transitioning significantly reduces the risk of completed suicide. This risk can persist even after affirmation and/or medical transition.

Some young and vulnerable individuals may hold the belief that medical and surgical treatments can fully transform their biological sex, aligning it with their desired gender. It is crucial to embark on a thoughtful examination of the anticipated benefits of transitioning while concurrently engaging in age-appropriate discussions about the biological realities of biological sex. Moreover, it's essential to disentangle these biological realities from culturally constructed gender role stereotypes.

Training and Associations

Gender and Socioeconomic status


Over the Rainbow: Working with the LGBTQ Community

Recognizing and Overcoming Unconscious Bias for Employees and Supervisors in the Healthcare Industry

Understanding Transgenderism

Gender Affirming Sex Therapy

Gender Affirming Surgeries: What is Helpful for Sex Therapists to Know by Women’s College Hospital Transition-Related Surgery (TRS) Program

Gender, Sexuality, Autism and Mental Health

Membership with GETA, public listing pending.

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