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Counselling Skills for Working with Gender Diversity and Identity


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1. Introduction; PART I - Gender Identities. 2. What is Gender?; 3. Exploring the Psychology of Masculinities; 4. Working with Issues in Masculine Gender Identities; 5. Exploring the Psychology of Femininities; 6.Working with Issues in Feminine Gender Identities; 7. Non-Binary Forms of Gender Identity; PART II - Working with Gender Dysphoria; 8. An Introduction to Gender Dysphoria; 9. Trans in the UK; 10. Diagnosis and Transition; 11. Non-Psychological Treatments and Interventions; 12. Coming Out, Acceptance and Cisgender Privilege; 13. Shame, Stigma and Trans People; 14. Trans Sexualities and Intimate Relationships; 15. Trans in the Workplace and Social Spaces; 16. Gender and Intersectionality; PART III - Practitioner Self-Care; 17. Supervision and Self-Care; Glossary; References; Appendix One - Professional Guidelines

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A comprehensive introduction offering the confidence and skills needed to work with gender diversity and identity

About the Author

Dr Michael Beattie, CPsychol is a chartered counselling psychologist with a PsychD in counselling psychology.Dr Penny Lenihan BSc Hons, Msc, DPsych, Couns, CPsychol, AFBPsS, HCPC Reg, is the lead Consultant Psychologist at Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic.Dr Robin Dundas is a counselling psychologist who has spent eight years working with trans and gender non conforming people at Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic. He currently works as a senior gender specialist and therapist at the service.


This book is essential reading for all counsellors, therapists, and mental health practitioners. It explains current psychological and sociological thinking about femininity, masculinity, and non-binary gender in a highly accessible way, and demonstrates clearly how gender is relevant to all of our clients. Numerous case studies bring the material to life and help the reader to understand how best to work with clients across gender diversity, drawing on various therapeutic approaches and practices. The book particularly provides an excellent introduction to working with trans clients, including a thorough description of best practice in this area, as well as a good sense of the key issues facing trans people today. -- Meg-John Barker is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at The Open University, psychotherapist, and author of How to Understand Your Gender, Queer: A Graphic History, and many other books
A timely and important book. A fundamental read for all therapeutic professionals working with clients exploring their gender variance. At a time when society's understanding of gender identity is experiencing a state of flux this book offers clarity on a controversial and complex subject. -- Madison-Amy Webb Gender Variant Woman, Psychotherapist and Director of Transitions Counselling & Consultancy

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