Speaking to a therapist about gender dysphoria often feels terrifying. Especially if you never spoke to anyone about your dysphoria before seeing your therapist. However, you can overcome that fear by learning a little bit about what to expect.
The following sections cover a general outline of what many therapists will ask in most situations. If you take the time to think through your answers beforehand, you can also help the therapist understand your feelings more clearly.
Questions To Ask Your Therapist
Preparing for the initial meeting might also help your therapist understand how serious you take your health care. By having questions prepared for them, you can get a pretty good idea of what kind of treatment you can expect from them. Keep in mind, even therapists that have little practical experience with gender dysphoria, still usually understand and respect you. If you feel any hostility from them, then immediately find yourself a new therapist.
- Have you treated patients with gender related issues before? If so, how many?
- Have you recommended any transsexual patients for surgery? If so, how many?
- How long have you worked with transgender patients?
- What background do you have with gender education?
- Have you written and books or articles about transgender health?
- What interests you in working with transgender patients?
- What philosophy do you use to treat transgender patients?
- Do you follow the Harry Benjamin Standards of Care?
- Do you have longer or shorter sessions available?
- How long do you prefer to see a patient before recommending cross sex hormone therapy?
- How long do you prefer to see a patient before recommending sexual reassignment surgery?
- Do you affiliate with any endocrinologists or plastic surgeons?
These should give you a basic idea of possible questions to ask. You might also consider asking about their hourly rate, which insurance they accept, or if they can classify your meetings as required by your insurance.
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