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bbb

Therapy
« on: November 28, 2005, 03:51:54 pm »
I'm 15 and my parents recently agreed to get me a therapist. Can regular therapists give referrals for hormones and other things and can they deal with gender issues or do I have to see a gender therapist? I can't tell anyone in my family anything about my gender issues, so I guess it's not really possible for me to see a gender therapist...

stephanie_craxford

Re: Therapy
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2005, 06:47:59 pm »
I'm 15 and my parents recently agreed to get me a therapist. Can regular therapists give referrals for hormones and other things and can they deal with gender issues or do I have to see a gender therapist? I can't tell anyone in my family anything about my gender issues, so I guess it's not really possible for me to see a gender therapist...

As Melissa said being able to give referrals for hormones depends on their credentials.  However, remember that the primary task of therapy, is therapy  to attempt to resolve the issues that you are experiencing.  To be honest I think that HRT is a little down the road for you.  As you are 15 I'm not sure how you medical system would treat you as you are not considered an adult in their eyes, so your parents will by necessity become involved.

See the therapist.  Go in with an open mind, no preconceived ideas, and go from there.  Se where you stand.

Steph

beth

Re: Therapy
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2005, 08:33:07 pm »
          If the therapist is not gender experienced and refers you to one who is, just ask that they don't tell your parents why you were refered to someone else. It is common to be refered to someone who fits your needs.


beth

bbb

Re: Therapy
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2005, 09:09:12 pm »
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To be honest I think that HRT is a little down the road for you.  As you are 15 I'm not sure how you medical system would treat you as you are not considered an adult in their eyes, so your parents will by necessity become involved.

Yeah, I know that. I just want therapy now to deal with my horrible depression and anxiety. But I also want the referrals so I can start my transition as soon as I graduate. I thought maybe I'd just start with one therapist and have him until then.

Thanks everyone for their help.

KelliTGirl

Re: Therapy
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2005, 01:20:59 am »
BBB,

I wanted to welcome you and wish you lots of luck on your journey. I applaud your young start on the journey.

:-)

Have a great day!

--Kelli

JenniferElizabeth

Re: Therapy
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2005, 11:38:01 am »
Hi and welcome bbb,
 I have to agree here with Melissa and Steph on this one.
 By all means go see a therapist to help with depression. the sooner the better. Seeing youre only 15, I doubt youd get refered to a  gender quailified therapist with out parents consent. But, then you might, stranger things have happened. It is nice to see you have the will at that age to want to start on your long journey, I definatly takes alot of fortitude and guts. I wish you all the luck in the world dear. I also hope the journey is all you want and plan it to be.

Jessica

Re: Therapy
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2005, 12:58:44 pm »
From what I have read, with the parents consent, a therapist is able to prescribe sex hormone blockers to help delay puberty.  I will try and find some references.

Of course, they won't do anything without your parents consent.

Jessica

Terri-Gene

Re: Therapy
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2005, 03:50:10 am »
Hello BBB.  Your question about what kind of therapyst can write scripts for hormones is a good one as I know many are confused about this issue.  Many psychologist and psychiatrist can treat the problem equally as good and yes, there are those who specialize in <not allowed> and it is best to go with one of these if one is available, but sense many of the symptoms are common to many other "disorders" such as depression and self esteem, most can be of valuable help.

A psychologist is a person schooled in psychology but is not a doctor, rather they are a PHD for the most part and so are not allowed to perscribe any kind of medicine, rather they can only refer you to a medical doctor to obtain drugs used in HRT.

A Psychiatrist is an MD who specialises in psychology and so can write perscriptions for you directly.  It is for this reason that a psychiatrist is generally better for the transsexual.

There are others who are educated in psychiatry who can treat mental problems but again can't write perscriptions.  There are several catagories of these but I know almost nothing about them as I have always delt with either psychologists or psychiatrists, presently having 2 psychiatrists and a psychologist as I am addressing several deeply rooted problems aside from Transsexuality, each has a seperate job to do on me and I have been slow to address a couple of problems that developed out of being TS, but must be addressed in and of themselves.

As to addressing the problem of telling your family, this is something that has to be done if you have any plans in legitimately addressing the gener issue with things like HRT and RLT.  It is not like you could do either without them catching on that something is different.  You must have their cooperation if for nothing else, to pay for what you will need,  If you can't do this, then you must wait till you are 18 before going ahead with anything in a realistic way.

Remember, you can not go to adult support groups as they would be running the risk of arrest for several things if they allowed you to spend time with them, especially if your parents didn't know about it.  Also, places you can safely go to "dress" is highly limited and if hiding in some secret place to do it, there isn't much point in doing so anyway.

Whatever you do BBB, do so in a safe manner and feel out your parents and hopefully try to obtain thier understanding.  If you are a GID individual, especially of the type that must go all the way, it is extreamly important that you have love and cooperation of those closest to you and as stated, you should try to obtain a psychiatrist.

If you get into therapy, quite especially with one who is experienced in <not allowed>, you must be very careful to answer all questions with the utmost honesty, resist any and all temptations to say things which "slant" toward <not allowed> or try to influence them in favor of Transsexuallism.  The more experienced they are, the more they have heard it all before and the quickest way to be denied HRT is for them to believe you are trying to influence thier judgement.

Take care triple B and don't dare go into anything you yourself are not willing to give up all relations, jobs, education and whatever for.   It is not a game you can pause or restart.  You go in for keeps or leave it alone, thats just the way it is.

Terri

bbb

Re: Therapy
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2005, 01:21:00 pm »
Thanks everybody. No, I'm not planning on making any actual moves for this until I'm 18. So, I'll tell my family then. I just needed to know the type of therapy I should get. That's all. Thanks for the help. I'll just go to a normal psychiatrist now and see where that takes me. I want to get all the therapy out of the way now so I can start my transition as soon as possible when it's legal for me to do so.

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