Trans and Gender Diverse Identity and Expression

Deb’s mission is to provide compassionate and affirming psychological services tailored to the unique needs of trans and gender diverse individuals and their loved ones. At Deb Psychology, we recognise the diverse experiences and challenges faced by the trans and gender diverse community. Our approach is rooted in respect, understanding, and evidence-based practices to support your mental health and well-being so that you can thrive. Whether you are exploring your gender identity, navigating gender transition, or needing a safe space to traverse life’s complexities, Deb is here to walk alongside you on your journey towards your emergence of your authentic self.

 

Supports for gender questioning and transition

If you’re questioning your own gender and what this means for you, Deb is here to support you by providing an accepting, safe and judgement free space for you to explore your gender, receive encouragement and affirmation during your transition. Deb can support you by providing a space for planning for, holding or processing healthy, educational, and constructive conversations with loved ones. Deb can do ‘WPATH assessments’ for medical or surgical transition when one is requested by a medical or surgical practitioner.

 

Supports for non-transitioning loved ones

When a loved one is questioning their gender or transitioning, loved ones are often surprised, confused, or fearful about the changes they find themselves facing. Deb is passionate about supporting the often invisible mental health, relationship and wellbeing needs of non-transitioning partners, family members and other loved ones. Deb offers one-off and ongoing support to non-transitioning loved one.

Sex’ and ‘gender’ are often used interchangeably, despite having different meanings

Sex refers to a set of biological attributes in all animals, including humans. Sex assignment at birth is usually categorised as female or male based on external secondary sexual characteristics, but there is a vast variation in the biological attributes that comprise sex and how those attributes are expressed. Biological sex really is not as simple as male or female.

Gender refers to the socially constructed characteristics of women, men, girls and boys.

Gender identity is the internal feelings of a person’s gender. A person’s gender identity is not always visible to others. Gender identity may be the same as a person’s sex assigned at birth (cisgender and intersex) or not (intersex, trans or gender diverse).

Gender expression is the external appearance of a person’s gender identity. This is usually expressed through a person’s name, pronouns, behaviour, clothing, body characteristics, and/or voice. This may or may not conform to socially constructed expectations around behaviours and characteristics that are typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.

 

 

Gender norms and expectations change over time. Don’t believe me or if you want more information about the concept of gender have a look at these links:

The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination

The idea of 2 sexes is overly simplistic

What is Intersex

WHO: Gender and Health 

What is Gender Identity

History of Diverse Gender Expressions

Map of Gender Diverse Cultures

Franklin D Roosevelt in a dress, aged 2 (image via Wikipedia)

Boy in very fashionable sailor dress (image via Wikipedia)