“Trans Affirming” Therapist Video
“trans affirming” therapist
This video is based on intake I did with a therapist at the Institute for Human Identity a few years ago. Another trans person had a good experience with a therapist there, but I got assigned to someone else and it didn’t go so well. A lot of the dialogue from the therapist is verbatim what I remember him saying to me. Only some of my responses are accurate to life, though. I didn’t actually tell him he was a jerk, for example, but I found it rather satisfying to do so in this video.
It isn’t really just about one intake, though. Even though I live in an urban area–and have a lot of class privilege and race privilege–I have still had a really hard time finding therapists whose transphobia doesn’t seriously interfere with any work we could do together. Going to a therapist is such a vulnerable process; it’s particularly painful to experience prejudice in that setting.
Transphobia has manifested quite differently for different therapists I’ve spoken with, but a fascination with my body and an inability to check their preconceptions long enough to listen to my actual experiences are common themes.
Oh man, I was cringing this whole video. It’s a real measure of where we are at in society when those who go through years of expensive schooling are this disrespectful towards their patients.
I hope you’re feeling better since this/these interaction(s). We have a therapy place in my city specifically for queer and trans folks that a lot of people go to. It’s a godsend.
I just realized that you did not make this video but were referring to it as an example. Either way, behaviors are unacceptable.
I don’t normally comment on such matters, but in this case I would like to clarify that Gabriel is in fact the one who created this video. I want to make sure credit is given where it is due.
Oh! Sorry about that. I got confused with the two different names on the post, didn’t know they were the same person. Thanks for the clarification.
No worries. I go by bananasinorbit on most sites. Thanks for watching and commenting Corvus and for clarifying Hanners.