For a person struggling with gender issues counselling can be an overwhelming experience. Many trans individuals have been misunderstood, and experienced isolation, discrimination and abuse due to their internal gender struggle. They look for peace in a complex and often painful experience.
If this is your experience you require educated and sensitive counselling, which is supportive and valuable. It is an opportunity to share and explore the emotional pain that has characterised your life’s journey, allowing you to feel heard and seen in your true identity.
Effective counselling can assist you in considering the implications of gender transition, while neither encouraging nor discouraging you as you make life changing decisions. Together you and your therapist discuss the requirements, pitfalls, challenges, questions and decisions you’re likely to face in a transition process. Counselling can be effective in assisting you in finding other resources – medical, legal, speech, wardrobe, financial, etc., that will assist in whatever transition process you have chosen. You can discuss how you feel this will affect your spouse, parents, children and other family members in dealing with the changes that are occurring or that will occur.