BEFORE CHOOSING A THERAPIST
- Therapeutic work with gender dysphoria is an evolving area of clinical practice. Even the experts are still learning and there is much we don’t know. Any therapist claiming to have hard and fast answers or offering strong predictions or promises is likely making outsized claims and should be avoided.
- Psychotherapy often involves a long process and is always without guarantee of a specific outcome. If a therapist claims to offer a guarantee, this should arouse suspicion.
- If therapists are engaging in behavior that seems unprofessional, they should be avoided.
- You may want to check a therapist’s social media presence as part of your vetting process. If there is something that seems “off” to you about a therapist’s public presentation, that is probably good information to pay attention to.
- If a therapist recommends an intervention that feels wrong for your child or family, you should listen to your instincts and bring this up with the therapist. It is your responsibility to advocate for yourself and your child.
- When feeling vulnerable and desperate for help, it’s especially important to exercise care and caution when selecting a therapist. Wherever there is a crisis, there will be opportunists.
- Before working with any therapist, it is always a good idea to ask about the following;
- Is the person licensed in the jurisdiction in which she/he is practicing?
- What is her/his clinical training?
- What is her/his approach to working with families?
- What is her/his approach to gender dysphoria?
- Does she/he believe it is ever okay for a young person to transition?
- Does she/he communicate with or include parents when working with individual adolescent clients?
- How long has she/he been working in the field of gender?
- How does she/he conceptualize gender dysphoria? What does he/she believe has caused the rise of young people identifying as trans in the past decade?
- Has there ever been a complaint against the therapist to his/her licensing board? If so, what was the nature of the complaint?
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- The mental health providers in this directory have not been vetted by our organization or its leaders.
- Therapy First bears no responsibility for overseeing the behavior of the professionals listed here.
- If a problem develops in your relationship with a mental health professional listed here, the issue should be resolved between you and the therapist, not with Therapy First.
- As a prospective patient, verifying a therapist’s credentials and competence is your responsibility.
- The information in this directory has been given to Therapy First by providers. Therapy First has not independently verified its accuracy.
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