Reply To: Struggling with my identity trying to learn about myself

DeeAnn Hopings


Of all the places where you could be, I’m glad that you found us!

I have almost always suggested to people that they find a therapist to work with and one that is experienced in gender issues. The human mind works to protect us. When dealing with a difficult subject like our gender identity or our sexuality, our minds will tend to divert our consciousness to something less stressful. Therefore, it is hard to make any progress on our own. One of the things that a therapist will do is to help you stay focused on what you need to think about. They will poke and probe in order for you to think about your past life, past experiences and current feelings so that you can begin to put things into perspective. They won’t tell you what to do, but they can help you understand what is going on.

Also, whatever you tell a therapist is confidential:

Remember that very few of us are mental health professionals. While we can tell what we did and why, advice is something distinctly different.

In addition, I suggest two things:

  • Please complete your Profile page. It helps to provide a complete picture of how things sit for you. Your Profile page will always be readily available and can be updated at any time if something changes.
  • Getting connected with the trans community in your area can be very helpful. We are social creatures and it is good to be among our peers. You can search for other members in your area by clicking on Social in the menu and then Member Directory.

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