Transitioning

I’ve titled this blog exactly the same but within a different context. In this instance I’m referring to people transitioning their gender: male to female or female to male. With a combination of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and surgery, gender transition is a reality. The entire process isn’t straight forward by any means and those transitioning face misunderstanding and prejudice from friends, family, the medical community and society at large. Just engaging the medical process can be very time consuming and those transitioning face decisions about private medical options or those offered by the NHS, or both.

Often, a person transitioning needs counselling and emotional support. I feel it’s very important that therapists familiarise themselves with this aspect of society, understand the issues facing a person transitioning and be prepared to provide support and counselling. If a fair and just society is inclusive, then it needs to be inclusive in a broad sense and that includes people transitioning.