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An Introduction To Transgender Therapy

Some people will feel well-adjusted and comfortable in their gender identity, while others might need a bit more support figuring out what they want and need, that’s where transgender therapy comes in. Each feeling is entirely normal. No matter where you are in your journey, our team of counsellors will be able to talk with you and help you through it with support and understanding.

GenderGP thoroughly believes everyone, cis or trans, should have the support of a qualified therapist available to them for those challenging times in their lives. We, however, do not believe that ‘compulsory’ counselling (therapy)—counselling or psychotherapy that is a requirement—is a benefit to anyone. We believe that people should have the freedom to seek or decline counselling, and we do not support the idea of mandating it.

We certainly do not believe in putting people through lengthy assessments for the purpose of validating their gender. You are the expert on your gender. You have intimate knowledge. By the time you come to us, you will have a better understanding of how you experience your gender than anyone. Our role is to help you begin—or to continue—your journey.

In addition to our talking sessions around gender identity, we offer numerous counselling (therapy) services, including:

  • Family sessions
  • Couples therapy
  • Individual sessions
  • Hypnotherapy to help manage fears and phobias
  • Hypnotherapy to support smoking cessation
  • And so much more

There are different types of counselling sessions available with GenderGP, such as video, in-person, telephone, or text. You can find full details about the types of therapy we offer and the different specialisations of the counsellors in our directory.

 

Supporting Young People with Transgender Therapy

As we treat children and young people, we have to be especially careful to ensure that they get the right care and support now and the best outcomes in the future. For this reason, our team is committed to working closely with each individual to work out the best pathway for them.

Not all support is medical in nature. It may be that young people just need some space to talk or professional counselling. Our directory features a list of counsellors who specialise in helping young people with issues around gender identity.

 

Supporting Family and Friends

Having support from friends and family is very important, especially for young people. We also know that those friends and family may need support as well. 

When a loved one struggles with their gender identity, comes out as trans or non-binary, or goes through a medical transition, it can be a source of stress for friends and family. They may not understand the changes their loved one is going through or how to get access to the support they may need. 

However, you are not alone, and it doesn’t have to be this way. 

Family and friends of our patients are welcome to ask any questions. In addition, you can find answers to many questions in our FAQs or contact a member of the team via our Help Centre.

As part of our Appraisal Pathway, we can offer a Friends and Family session if you need further support. During this session, the friends and family of a patient can ask any questions they may have, share what might worry them, and better understand the GenderGP process.

We also offer family counselling so that you can work together with those closest to you, whether they are your parents, partner, children, or anyone else. You can find our family counselling specialists in our directory.

 

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