Transgender people do not feel, on the inside, to be the gender their bodies suggest on the outside.

These difficult and sometimes confusing feelings can last for years.

Being transgender is experienced differently by each individual.

Some transgender people struggle with complex, difficult emotions as they come to understand their feelings and personal sense of who they are. Other transgender people more easily embrace and celebrate their evolving acceptance of authentic gender identity.

Some people believe that gender issues are linked to sexual preferences. This is not the case.

What is gender identity?

Gender identity is a person’s sense of being male and/or female and is not linked to sexual orientation. Transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or asexual. Transgender people have been documented throughout history and are found in most societies around the world. There is no single reason why some people are transgender.

There is a great deal of discrimination against transgender people in the UK and transgender people often feel that it’s more difficult to find employment, maintain relationships and live comfortably in society. The good news is that things are changing as society comes to understand gender identity issues. More people are beginning to accept that a person’s gender is not binary – in other words, only male or female.

Counselling can be a way forward

Therapy can be invaluable to people experiencing gender identity issues. An experienced therapist should be able to assist with the many challenges that transgender people face. Discussing feelings in therapy can help make sense of gender issues and help with difficult transitions.

We’ve helped many transgender people work through their own process of personal understanding, acceptance and expression.

And like everyone else, the issues that transgender people bring to therapy can be about anything.

Getting started with gender-related support in Brighton

Your first meeting will provide an opportunity to speak with a therapist about your feelings or concerns. This initial appointment usually lasts about one hour. Your therapist will help determine how we might best support you and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about counselling for gender-related issues.

We have helped many people explore their sense of gender identity. One of our therapists may be able to provide help. We use a number of different counselling approaches to support you along the way.

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Help and support is available to those facing issues around gender, gender identity or difficult transitions.

Being transgender in Brighton can be exciting, challenging, liberating, frightening, overwhelming, confusing or all of the above.

Our counsellors and psychotherapists

Our therapists have experience working with gender identity issues in a supportive, straight-forward manner. Get in touch if one of our therapists can help.

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