Eric Fraser D. Hyp, GQHP, GHR (Reg)

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 Whatever the mind of man can concieve and believe, it can achieve”

Napoleon Hill


What lies behind us and what lies before us is nothing compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Henry T Ford


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Ralph Waldo Emerson      



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Gender Identity Issues

I help people from all parts of the gender identity spectrum, from occasional cross-dressers right through to post-operative transgender men and women.

The support required when someone is dealing with issues relating to gender identity varies widely, not only from person to person, but also can vary for the individual depending on the stage of the journey they have reached, but typically we help clients deal with stress, anger, anxiety, self-esteem and confidence issues.

Gender Identity Issues (I prefer not to use the term Gender Identity Disorder, as it is more commonly known, simply because the term does not really validate the strong emotional issues that accompany this problem) can be extremely distressing not only for the individual concerned but also their close family.

An individual with gender identity issues feels persistent discomfort with his or her own sex or they may feel like they don't belong - or fit in with - the traditional roles and pastimes of their sex. If you have gender identity issues, sometimes known as gender dysphoria, you may desire to live and be treated as the other sex and you may experience feelings and emotional reactions that you feel are typical of the opposite sex.  

Alternatively an individual experiencing this condition may be suffering in silence; too fearful or even ashamed of what others may think. This can lead to tremendous feelings of isolation and alienation. In extreme cases sufferers have sought the cheap 'fix' of highly risky, and sadly sometimes fatal, backstreet surgery.

According to a report by the Gender Research and Education Society it is thought that about 20 in every 100,000 people here in the UK suffers from gender identity issues. It is estimated that just over half of those suffering seek full gender reassignment surgery. This can be a lengthy and expensive process and so it can be worthwhile exploring your feelings in therapy before ever embarking on surgical interventions.

In some instances of gender dysphoria sufferers report bisexual tendencies or may even be A-sexual, meaning that they have little to no interest in sexual activity with either sex. Paradoxically while transgender individuals are highly vulnerable to discrimination and hate crime in society most feel safer or more content as the opposite sex.

It is important to be aware that there may be various reasons as to why you have struggled with your gender. There may be genetic factors present since birth, or there may be psychological reasons for your desire to change gender. If you feel that you are struggling emotionally, it may be worthwhile exploring your feelings in therapy. While it is tempting to assume that genetic or physiological factors are responsible for your feelings, in my experience it is far more likely, unless there are obvious biological reasons, that your desire to change gender is emotional in nature.


Potential signs of Gender Identity Issues

    •  Feelings of anxiety about gender type or roles

    •  Feelings of shame

    •  Desire to dress in clothing of opposite sex

    •  Desire to behave as the opposite sex

    •  Feelings of inadequacy

    •  Depression


How Psychotherapy or Hypnotherapy can help with Gender Identity Issues

Whether you have kept your feelings secret, or you have been open about them, it can be very useful to explore your feelings in a non-biased professional context. In the sessions we can either explore any positive or negative feelings you may have and look at techniques for building your psychological strength and resiliency, or we can explore some of the potential psychological factors behind your desire to change sex, or your struggle with your gender. Oftentimes in therapy people resolve the underlying emotional reasons behind their issues and subsequently such issues cease to have any effect, which thereby brings them to a satisfactory conclusion.

We can, if appropriate, use regression or time-line techniques to deal with past traumas or difficult memories. Hypnosis is about changing the way people think, especially about themselves, and these techniques can prove very effective in helping transgender clients.

I appreciate that these things can be difficult to talk about but you can rest assured that I respect your predicament and feel confident that if we work together we can make some sense of your gender issues and bring improvements in to your life.

If you or someone you care about is having Gender Identity Issues, perhaps you would benefit from talking things over and working with a therapist who has profound knowledge, understanding and insight in this area.  As alwayscalls are treated in the utmost confidence.