Gender Reassignment: 2 Ways a Counsellor Can Help

Awareness of transgender issues is on the increase. Whether is it the coverage of people such as Caitlyn Jenner or the debate about mix-sex rest rooms, more and more people are now starting to understand what it means to be transgender. If you are considering gender reassignment, you may have been referred to counselling by your doctor. Not every transgender person sees the reason for this. However, counselling can be a great help. Below is a guide to 2 ways in which counselling could help you on your journey.

A Counsellor will help you to deal with past events and your feelings

Transgender people have often faced a life in which they have had to hide their true selves from the world. When transgender people did step out into the world, they are often mocked or bullied by other members of society who do not understand or approve of a transgender lifestyle. Having to hide who you really are, or being attacked because of what you want to become can lead to intones feelings of worthlessness, shame and fear which can lead to depression and anxiety. It has been reported that almost 80% of bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender people in Australia experienced at least one episode of anxiety in the past 12 months. Speaking with a counsellor can help you to deal with past events and the feelings these events generate so you can move on with your life.

A Counsellor will help you to understand who you really are

The transition period can be very confusing. Even if you are 100% certain that you wish to transition, you will still need to go through the process of leaving your old life behind. Some people find this process cathartic, as they can let go of their old life and take a step towards a new beginning. However, this isn't always the case. Sometimes, letting go of your past life can feel like a kind of death, which may make you feel uneasy and afraid. You may have the sensation that you don't really know who you are anymore. Speaking with a therapist will help you to acknowledge your old self while also working out who you wish to become now that you have transitioned.

If you are currently transitioning from one sex to another and you are feeling depressed, anxious or confused, you should contact a counsellor today for further help and advice.