Dallas Counseling for Gender Identity
While the concepts of gender and sex have been used interchangeably, these two ideas are very different. There is a great deal of confusion about these differences.
Sex refers to our biological differences — internal and external sex organs, chromosomes, and hormonal profiles.
Gender is much more complex. Traditionally, gender has been expressed in a binary fashion – male or female. But emerging theory says that gender should be seen instead on a spectrum. Gender can be understood in two different ways: gender identity and gender expression.
Gender identity refers to how we internally feel about ourselves. Gender expression describes how we present ourselves with regard to dress, actions, affect and how these fit with gender norms.
Gender identity conflicts arise when an individual’s biological sex differs from their gender identity and gender expression. Gender identity conflicts can develop at any age but most often appear during (1) childhood (5-8 years of age), (2) adolescence and (3) early adulthood.
Transgender or trans* refers to an umbrella of identities. Trans* individuals identify as experiencing a gender identity conflict. Trans* is independent of sexual orientation. Trans* individuals can identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or other
Here a two books you might find interesting:
The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals
Helping Your Transgender Teen: A Guide for Parents
If you have questions or concerns about gender identity, Insights offers counseling to help you deal with it and build a healthier, happier life. The Insights therapist who specializes in gender identity concerns is Shawn Chrisman. Call Insights Therapy today at 214.706.0508, click here to email us, or click here to schedule an appointment. Insights offers flexible scheduling with daytime, evening and weekend appointments.
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