Seeking Therapy for Gender & Sexual Identity Issues: What You Need to Know
Issues related to gender and sexual identity are some of the most difficult to manage
and understand. However, feeling disenfranchised and viewed differently by others is
something that can be overcome and managed with the right support network.
Here’s what you need to know when it comes to seeking therapy for gender and sexual identity
1. Definition of Gender Dysphoria:
Gender dysphoria is a condition in which a person has been assigned one
gender but identifies as belonging to another, or does not conform to the gender
role that his or her sex typically performs in society. Different societies have
varying expectations for how each gender is supposed to be, and being a
transgender or transsexual individual in the northern portion of the U.S. versus
the southern portion will change how you’re viewed and perceived by your fellow
2. Addressing Side Effects:
Coping with identity issues can often lead to anxiety, depression, hopelessness,
and addiction. These are similar side effects experienced by an individual dealing
with a traumatic episode or an event weighing them down emotionally. If not
treated, these side effects can lead to suicidal thoughts so it is critical to seek
professional help before getting to this point.
3. Strain on Relationships:
People in our lives who are supposed to love and support us often have difficulty
understanding gender dysphoria. This can cause an individual to hold back on
expressing themselves and feel reluctant to let their family and friends know
what’s going on. A professional therapist can help you feel more comfortable in
your own skin so you do not become socially isolated, giving you the skills to
cope with letting others know who you are.
4. Being Comfortable with Yourself:
Ultimately what a therapist can do to help you deal with gender and sexual
identity issues is be an outlet and source of support. While many people may feel
uncomfortable helping others with gender and sexual identity issues, a trained
therapist will always be by your side to help you through the anxiety or stress you
may be feeling.
If you live in the San Antonio area and are seeking a therapist to help you with gender
and sexual identify issues, call Joseph Montaldi, LCSW, today.