Can I ask what changed between now and 2003 for her to take your transition more seriously?
Two different therapists. But, in 2003, there was still gate-keeping going on. And, she wasn’t a gender specialist. At the first or second session she told me that I would not be a good candidate for transition. I suspect that was because I was over 6′, and not very feminine appearing as a male.
By contrast, my current therapist is part of the LGBTQ+ community, and has worked with a number of trans clients. And, she’s not worried what the starting form is, but what the end goal is.