Therapy With Transgender, Transsexual, and Gender-Nonconforming People

This entry outlines the presenting issues that transgender, transsexual, and gender-nonconforming clients bring into therapy and the clinical theories that guide effective and supportive treatment. The history of oppressive and pathologizing treatments within transphobic social and political systems is acknowledged, and alternative treatments based on emerging trans-positive theories of human diversity that promote trans health care are discussed. The evolution of therapeutic theories about transgender people is briefly outlined, and emerging treatment strategies are highlighted. Distinctions are made between the treatment of adult clients and those of children and adolescents.

Definitions and Diagnostics

Transgender is a broad-based umbrella term that includes all people who cross over (trans) socially proscribed gender roles, including those who identify as cross-dressers, genderqueer, or trans*. Transsexual is a specific term for transgender ...

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