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What are the psychotherapies for gender identity disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Varied: Psychotherapeutic approaches are varied and generally determined by the therapist. Particular focus is placed on self-acceptance, and dealing with relationships, career, and other important life areas. Gender roles come into play in all parts of life, and this is highly stressful for these people. Support & insight are needed; often, they also need to learn safe ways to self-soothe too.
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
"GID" Not Used Now: American psychiatric assn dropped DX "gender identity disorder" & replaced it w/much less stigmatizing diagnosis "gender dysphoria" - sustained emotional distress over “marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender & assigned gender.” are no specific psychotherapies 4 gd. Trans-competent therapists generally support person in their transition. Therapy not *required* 2 transition.
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