Do you have concerns about your gender identity? Do you consider yourself to be trans or non-binary in nature? Do you wish to explore your inner feelings on these issues? Are you a friend, partner or relative of someone who has recently told you of their own confusion and you are seeking help to understand? Then perhaps I can help.
The everyday difficulties of living in a complex, modern society can be hard enough for anyone but being transgendered or non-binary can intensify those problems; nevertheless, the transgendered or non-binary person, like everyone else, has to deal with all the common issues that confront young people and adults alike. If you feel that it might be better, or easier, to talk with someone who can empathise closely with your own gender identity issues, then you may find that I can offer the support you need, whether specifically in that area, or in dealing with other, non-gender-related difficulties.
Perhaps you are the partner, family member or friend of someone who has advised of the difficulties they may be facing when they ‘come out’ as being trans or non-binary; it can be as traumatic for you in these circumstances as it is for them. There are support groups but perhaps some individual counselling could be of benefit, to help you understand your own feelings and emotions when confronted with a situation like this.
- suffer with confusion around your own gender identity
- wish greater clarity about your feelings and life options.
- feel the need to explore what it means to consider transition
- seek clarity about the route to transition and the effect it may have on close family members, friends and work colleagues
- are the friend or partner of someone who has expressed doubts about their gender identity or has indicated their need to transition
then counselling with someone like me who understands these difficulties from a personal perspective may be able to help.
In this way you may be able to:
- explore and gain greater understanding of your own or your partner’s gender identity
- make informed decisions about what you may wish to do
Society generally works on the principle of there being two genders – man and woman. This can lead to a great deal of unhappiness, where many feel they do not fit into this binary concept. Gender Dysphoria (meaning extreme distress and unhappiness about one’s birth gender) affects many and in some circumstances may lead to the need for a person to change sex. They feel an overwhelming need to live in the gender role they believe themselves to be, rather than that assigned to them at birth. This extreme dysphoria is called transsexualism.
The term gender fluidity is becoming more common in its use, giving people the opportunity to express their own identity without conforming to the expectations of those around them. The term transgender covers the whole spectrum of identities which lies between the two extremities of Male (Man) and Female (Woman).
Transition is the process by which a person changes from one sex to another such that the external presentation matches their internal gender identity. Reassignment surgery is not essential to this process, although may be the ultimate goal of many.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a medical practice and medications or cross sex hormones cannot be ordered or dispensed.