Gender Dysphoria refers to the distress that can arise from there being a mismatch between the gender one experiences themselves to be or identifies as and the sex/gender assigned at birth. This can sometimes lead to feeling that one is at odds with certain aspects of one’s body, especially if these biological aspects of ourselves do not align with the gender we experience ourselves to be. Gender dysphoria can manifest physically, psychologically, and emotionally and may be experienced as one or more of these, to varying levels and at different times. It is important to note that not all people who experience themselves as being a different gender to the one assigned to them at birth will experience distress.
The stigma that is unfortunately all too often faced by those experiencing gender dysphoria can lead to feelings of stress and shame, especially if the support of friends and family is not forthcoming. This can compound the difficulties one may be experiencing and make it harder to seek support.
At Psychology Sussex we have practitioners experienced in working with clients who may be considering or motivated to transition, or who may have already done so. We are used to working with children, adolescents, their families and adults experiencing gender dysphoria. At Psychology Sussex, we have psychologists who can work with children, adolescents and adults that are experienced in supporting clients who experience a variety of gender identities. These include, but are by no means limited to, individuals who identify as gender neutral, gender queer, non-binary, androgynous and neutrois. Psychology Sussex adopt a non-discriminatory approach to gender dysphoria.
If you think that you or someone you are concerned may be experiencing gender dysphoria or distress about their gender identity then do not hesitate to Contact the team at Psychology Sussex now.