First off, I wanted to say thank you to Susan for hosting such a great place to gather and talk. If not for this place I probably wouldn't be making this call tomorrow.
I recently found a gender therapist in the area near me who came on a good recommendation from a google search (
) and am going to call to see if I can set something up. This is new to me, have never really spoken to any sort of professional before, not even for my past depression. I've always been one to "ride it out" but in this case it seems like that is definitely not going to work. So, naturally, I'm a bit curious, a bit excited and a bit worried. Was wondering if I could get some advice from those who have experience with these sorts of meetings, so I am making my first thread! (Yay me!) Here's what I'm thinking of off the top of my head:
What can I expect for the first day to talk about? Should I bring anything?
I don't have a lot of money, and probably can't afford regular sessions, but is there generally a "free evaluation" or something? Should I ask?
I haven't said the word "transgendered" aloud in reference to myself to another person. Do I just need to be told to suck it up and go for it?
The main reason I want to do this is that I want to talk it out with someone and be sure that my transgendered feelings are what I think they are before I think about coming out to the people around me. The questions that will be asked during that conversation are ones I probably don't have an answer to yet. I'd imagine she'd want to get to know me specifically at the start and I'm not sure how exactly to do that. I was thinking of printing out my introduction post on here and letting her read that, then go from there. This is the first step, so it doesn't bother me too much that I'm nervous. I've been happier recently now that I have identified my feelings with myself, so I can only hope that it will get better from there! Thank you all and have a good night!