If someone questions their gender identity, they may experience stigma from their peers and society around them, body dysmorphia, anxiety, or other mental health concerns. Gender identity is different than anatomical sex. Anatomical sex has to do with the biology a person is born with — genitals, chromosomes, and hormones. Gender identity is someone’s sense of who they are — man, woman, non-binary, or something else entirely.
Therapy for gender identity concerns involves validating any questions the person has. It’s difficult to question gender identity in a world structured in a gender binary system, where usually only “man” and “woman” are accepted.
Available Treatment Options
Therapist interventions involve an empathetic, safe space for people to explore themselves, develop social and community supports, work to discover self-esteem and a sense of identity, address identity concerns, and create positive ways to cope with the stress and emotions that arise.