It takes a lot of bravery to ask questions about gender identity, especially as a child/teen. Therapy provides a safe and supportive space to learn to be more comfortable with yourself and to grow. Enjoy Part Two of our Exploring Gender Identity in Therapy series!
One of the best parts of being a therapist is giving kids a space to be themselves. When a kid shows up at my office for the first time, I am always excited to hear about all the pieces that make up who they are. And I love that as the therapeutic relationship develops, I am always learning more.
When a client comes to me with gender questions, I am honored that they are choosing to share more of who they are with me. My goal in therapy is to make kids feel confident. And in many ways, I think confidence stems from feeling supported, and I’m proud that I’m able to provide that.
Therapy provides many benefits for individuals who explore or question their gender identity. It allows them to gain access to education and information, self-exploration, and emotional support from someone outside their regular social group.
I enjoy working with individuals who question their gender identity because it allows me to reframe the negative stigmas associated with gender minority individuals and to advocate for them when they are experiencing discrimination. By developing various coping skills and developing a better understanding of self, individuals can develop resilience when navigating social environments that may not be understanding or accepting.
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