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Talking therapy support for gender questioning young people

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TheHumanRace Sun 19-Nov-17 14:34:14

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DJBaggySmalls Sun 19-Nov-17 15:02:18

Talking therapy is under fire for being conversion therapy for trans kids. Of course, medical transition isnt seen as conversion therapy for gay kids. angry
Theres a recent post by a therapist who has this problem, many of the kids she counsels are autistic. I'll try to find the link.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 19-Nov-17 15:04:16

HumanRace could you link to the article?

TheHumanRace Sun 19-Nov-17 15:13:01

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DJBaggySmalls Sun 19-Nov-17 15:22:45

Thats the one. Talking therapy has to be appropriate for kids. Its not like it stops actual transgender kids getting surgery as adults, is it? It just cuts the risk of people who have surgery and regret it.

TheHumanRace Sun 19-Nov-17 15:56:22

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Datun Sun 19-Nov-17 16:23:51


We had a mum of a trans child on here who said she got six sessions and then nothing.

She was at her wits end. Eventually she scraped together the money to go privately. Her child, as they progressed through puberty, started to become more reconciled to their natal sex, with the help of the private therapist.

I don’t have any recent updates, though.

She was scathing about Mermaids as their view point was if your child is not going to be medicalised, then we can’t help you.

It’s a shame Mermaids don’t devote some of their time and energy to talking therapies. Or research into gender dysphoria.

Stopmakingsense Sun 19-Nov-17 17:06:58

The really interesting point was this one from Wren:

This desire can conflict with the clinic’s approach. “Our prejudice is in favour of tolerating a degree of uncertainty, which doesn’t mean we don’t offer physical interventions, but we try to promote, in the face of quite a lot of attacks, the various ways in which we have to be accountable as professionals to the evidence base and to the ethical demands of our job.

“We cannot be too sure in promoting physical intervention for young people when we feel there are development possibilities in which they may come to feel differently.”

I think professionals are finally feeling brave enough to speak out against an essentialist view of gender - they are trying to work “in the face of attacks”??

raffle Sun 19-Nov-17 17:10:24

I’m always interested in the possible link to Autism - I only know 3 people who are transgendered and all 3 have a diagnosis of ASD

TheHumanRace Sun 19-Nov-17 17:13:44

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TheHumanRace Sun 19-Nov-17 17:15:59

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FloraFox Sun 19-Nov-17 17:55:03

They say "only" 41% go on a medical pathway but the figures from before blockers were prescribed showed that 80% of kids desisted in their gender dysphoria after going through puberty.

There's an article in the Times today about a Scottish counsellor who is worried about getting into trouble for not affirming transition because she is having good results with talking therapies and the number of her patients transitioning is lower than it would be if she took the affirmation approach.

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