hi, i am seeing both a gender therapist and also a PhD marriage therapist. i couldn’t have had the nerve to confront my need to transition without them both! And i agree it is yragic that so many cds and trans people are so traumatized by who they were that they have to cut that tie cleanly to save themselves. i am planning on keeping my given last name and i will always be the little brother to my three siblings. but i will be firm about them using my new name and pronouns. who i sm before has made me who i am now and in the future.
but i consider myself very fortunate to have that option!