Therapy for transgender kids

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Therapy for transgender kids

There is a question about: What about therapy for Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender youth? And at what age? I see children from ages three to early adulthood. I would answer the same for every age group, when a child needs a place to build gender resilience, then therapy can be a very important place. When a child is very stressed about their gender conundrums and is trying to sort it out, then that child will benefit from having a therapist, no matter what age they are. When a child is not getting supports from their family, it is helpful to have a therapist to help them build their gender resilience. That, of course, is the toughest act to pull off because the parents probably aren't going to bring them when they are not supportive of who they are, but there are many times when it is really beneficial for a child to receive support from a therapist if they are not receiving support at home. When a child is being harassed or bullied. Sometimes, to build gender resilience, it is very helpful to have a therapist. When a child does not need a therapist is when somebody says, "Send this child to a therapist," because they no longer want the child to be Gender Non-Conforming or Transgender.

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Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is a developmental and clinical psychologist in Oakland, California. She is a parenting expert and also specializes in gender studies and psychotherapy and consultation with gender nonconforming children and their families. She is the author of Gender Born, Gender Made:  Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children; Mommies Daddies, Donors, Surrogates, Building a Home Within (co-edited with Toni Heineman), Spoiling Childhood, and Parenting Together. Dr. Ehrensaft has made many media appearances, most recently the Anderson Cooper Day show, and has presented and published both nationally and internationally on the subjects of parenting, child development, assisted reproductive technology, and children’s gender development and gender nonconformity.

Dr. Ehrensaft is the Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, a University of California San Francisco-community partnership offering interdisciplinary services to gender conforming children and youth and their families, as well as the psychologist at the UCSF Gender Clinic.

She serves on the faculty of The University of California and is a founding member of A Home Within, a national non-profit organization serving the mental health needs of children and youth in foster care.

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