For adults seeking assistance with gender issues, I provide assessments guided by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care. The purpose of these assessments is to look at the nature of the gender issues a person is having and determine if these issues warrant a diagnosis of Gender Incongruence/Dysphoria. The assessment phase involves a combination of clinical interview and self-report measures and usually takes 3 - 6 sessions to complete.
Whilst there are a number of medical interventions appropriate to treat Gender Dysphoria, the purpose of a psychological assessments is not to recommend any particular treatment. Rather, the goal is to determine if a person has the capacity to provide informed consent with respects to any treatments they wish to pursue.
The presence of additional mental health issues in and of itself is not problematic. However, it is recommended that any mental health issues should be as stable as possible, to ensure the best treatment outcomes. The assessment can help determine if any additional therapy may benefit the person, should they wish to engage.
Wait-times for gender assessments vary depending on demand. Clients can self-refer, although if they obtain a referral from a GP or a Psychiatrist they will be eligible to access rebates under the Medicare Better Access Scheme.
For client's seeking support to access surgery, I do prefer that clients have first consulted with and secured a surgery date with their chosen surgeon prior to contact me. Typically surgery assessments need to be completed within a reasonably close time frame to your surgery date (e.g., 3-months, depending on surgeon's requirements).
If you are interested in seeking an assessment please provide send your referral to email@example.com. Once your referral has been received, I will review it, and contact you to discuss availability.
NB: Not all clients presenting with gender issues will be interested or motivated to pursue medical interventions. Psychological therapy can assist individuals to explore their gender identity and develop skills and insight towards building a more accepting and comfortable self-identity.
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Transgender Support Groups/Sites
Transhub: TransHub is an ACON resource for all trans and gender diverse people in NSW who want to affirm their gender, and our loved ones, allies and health providers.
Transgender Victoria: Transgender Victoria (TGV) work with and for, the trans and gender diverse (TGD) community as well as its allies, to create positive change in areas that impact the human rights of TGD people.
QLife: Phone base support service 3pm - midnight daily.
Online Resources for Families
True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism--For Families, Friends, Coworkers, and Helping Professionals
Mildred L. Brown, Chloe Ann Rounsley
Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents
Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-Nonconforming Children
by Diane Ehrensaft PhD
The Transgender Guidebook: Keys to a Successful Transition
by Anne L Boedecker PhD
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community
by Laura Erickson-Schroth
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals
by Stephanie A. Brill, Rachel Pepper
Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working With Gender-Variant People and Their Families
by Arlene Istar Lev
Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery (Human Sexuality)
by Randi Ettner, Stan Monstrey, Evan Eyler