Gender dysphoria is a recognised medical condition where you feel confused or distressed because there is a mismatch between your biological sex and your gender identity.
Gender dysphoria treatment
The Priory Hospital Roehampton offers a dedicated psychotherapy service to support people with gender dysphoria. The service is open for anyone with the condition, regardless of any physical treatments (hormones/surgery) they may currently be having, have had, or be thinking about. It does not conflict with any physical treatment, and will complement services offered by gender identity clinics.
The aim of the psychotherapy treatment is to:
- Provide a supportive thinking and enquiring space to consider gender and how it affects us
- Help reduce the amount of distress caused by gender or gender preoccupation in everyday life
- Enable you to tailor-make your gender identity, as relevant to you
- Explore and widen a gender repertoire without restricting to binary gender models
- Give you stability in your bespoke gender identity, irrespective of biological sex or gender framework.
You will receive an initial assessment, followed by individual therapy sessions and possibly a weekly therapy group.
The service is led by an experienced consultant psychiatrist who is gender aware and trans-friendly, with over 15 years experience of working therapeutically with people who have gender identity issues.
Gender dysphoria symptoms
The symptoms of gender dysphoria include:
- feeling that your gender identity is at odds with your biological sex,
- being more comfortable when in the role of your preferred gender identity,
- having a strong desire to hide or get rid of the physical signs of your biological sex.
You may find it hard to deal with your gender dysphoria. It’s common to suppress your feelings and attempt to live the life of your biological sex. But this can be very distressing and may lead to you experiencing depression, self-harm or even considering suicide.