*This is particularly important in light of evidence that individuals whom do not conform to socially prescribed gender norms may experience harassment in the community; therefore, putting them at a higher risk for social isolation, depression, self-harm, and other negative psychological symptoms.
Families will be supported/educated while managing uncertainty about their child/adolescent’s psycho-sexual/gender outcomes to encourage development of a positive self-image. The therapist and families should offer ample room for the client to explore different options for gender expression. If parents do not allow their child to make a gender role transition, we also offer counseling to assist them with meeting their child’s needs in a sensitive, nurturing, and safe environment.
In addition to, or as an alternative to the psychological and medical treatment options described above, other options can be considered to help alleviate gender dysphoria:
* The prevalence of ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, seems to be higher in clinically referred gender dysphoric children than in the general population (de Vries, Noens, Cohen-Kettenis, Van Berckelaer-Onnes & Doreleijers, 2010)