In gender identity, there is a huge range of experience, expression and levels of acceptance. Often, however, mental well being depends on the ability to move in a meaningful way towards what is sometimes called Gender Confirmation. The person born in a body they feel is gender in-congruent requires a network of supportive friends, families and/or professionals to help them deal with the developmental experiences and cope with any changes to their lives they plan to make. Most people these days find that others are much more supportive then they imagined, as times are, however slowly, changing. Understanding what it means to be Transgender - that it is not a choice for example, is a more common response then it was in recent history, when it was often treated as a sexual perversion. Still, many transgender people have learned to gauge the feelings of everyone around them with regards to who they are and thus often become quite adept at getting and quite dependent on external validation. For this reason, it is helpful and important to seek out a supportive therapist who can be both validating and at the same time strengthening a person to seek their own validation rather then dependence on the therapist. This can be complicated by the fact that a person often needs a long history with a therapist to gain required letters of support for gender confirmation surgery. A Transgender Transition therapist should be empowering, supportive and accepting, while supporting life enhancing goals, regardless of where a person is on their Gender Journey. There are supports and resources available in Toronto, and an experienced therapist in this area can help to set up a person with a helpful network. Inquiries are welcome.
Psychotherapist in Toronto & Psychotherapy Blogger
Shirley Katz, Ph.D.
A high school "pushout" with a Ph.D., I have worked in many fields, in many roles, and walked in many shoes. Currently I am in private practice in Psychotherapy and working in Film and Television as well as Fitness, as a Zumba Instructor.