Gender Dysphoria / Transgender feelings
Gender dysphoria is a term to describe the distress a person is experiencing because of a discrepancy between his/her assigned gender and their experienced gender ("born in the wrong body"). 'Transgender' refers to the process of transitioning (or the wish to transition) to the other gender. In our practice we prefer to define gender on a range instead of holding on to a concept of 2 genders (male/female).
To diagnose gender dysphoria these feelings have to exist for at least 6 months but often people have been struggling with these feelings for many years. These feelings of distress can start at a very early age (kids as early as 5 years of age have been reported) or can start at a later age. As you can imagine these feelings can turn a person's life upside down and can trigger a series of complicated decisions. It might have already impacted on many life decisions (such as sexual identity, family life, work, friends) or this is yet to follow. The options for treatment can vary from expressing and understanding what's happening to hormonal treatment and surgery. In young children pausing puberty can be an option to consider.
These procedures are not taken lightly and will require professional opinions of multiple medical and psychological professionals.
The desire to change your gender impacts on many life areas. This could be the reason why a person has suppressed these feelings, because 'it is too hard', 'people won't understand', 'I will lose my family/friends/job'. The percentage of people with gender dysphoric feelings suffering from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts is extremely high. We would like to help you and support you and your family through this challenging process. No matter where you are in your process, which goals you have set or how lonely you are feeling, we offer counselling sessions to find the answers and pathway towards a more happy and fulfilling life.