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Posted by MothersLove - 20-Oct-2019, 07:05 PM
(29-Mar-2018, 08:10 PM)tamara Wrote: I have a fourteen-year old who started to have sudden onset gender dysphoria at age thirteen along with identifying from that time as a trans guy. My teen has a set of other issues as well, particularly anxiety attacks and depression. I would like to find a psychiatrist in the Denver metro area who could work with these other issues and consider whether to recommend antidepressants. A psychologist or analyst who would be committed to discussing possible non-medical ways of dealing with the dysphoria, depression, and anxiety would also be helpful. I am very concerned about what I have heard about hormones and surgeries being recommended to teens, and would like to avoid health care practitioners who would steer my teen in that direction. Does anybody know of reliable psychiatrists or other health care practitioners in the Denver metro area? On a broader note, what experiences have you all had with helping a trans identified teen with anxiety, depression, and gender dysphoria, and have you found medical practitioners who were committed to examining other avenues than referrals to clinics for hormones and surgeries?  
Tamara,
I am also looking for providers in the Denver area. My 16 year old daughter, who suffers from anxiety and depression, also just told us she is trans.  I am happy to share my research with you. Have you had any luck finding help?
MothersLove

I am also looking for providers in the Denver area. I am happy to share my research with others in Denver looking for therapists as well.

My 16 year old daughter just told us she is trans, she also suffers from depression, anxiety and is completely addicted to the internet. I feel like she is a very classic case of ROGD and I am very nervous about finding the right support for her.

I am also interested in learning more about attachment parenting. I feel like she turned to the internet in 2015 when my husband and I were going through a very rough time in our marriage, I feel like she drifted away when we were guilty of being emotionally unavailable during a very pivotal time in her life. We need guidance in trying to reconnect with her.
Posted by Marge Bouvier Simpson - 12-Jul-2019, 01:22 PM
(12-Jul-2019, 05:54 AM)ScaredParent Wrote: Hello.  I am probably not alone in feeling desperate and lost in all of this.  My teen has opened up to me about multiple things, one of which sounds like gender dysphoria.  I am frozen solid on what to do next.  I am VERY wary of today's political climate (I tend to be a very middle of the road person, looking to reason and credible science where possible) and its influence on this topic is truly scary.

I just want to make sure that a doctor we visit will be as unbiased as possible in diagnosing what is actually happening.  This all came about at in late teen years, but feelings started with the onset of puberty.  Totally normal gender feelings through childhood through their own recollection.

I am checking online resources all over the place, but so many are overrun with bias and "cancel" culture stuff (e.g. no room to posit ideas or potential solutions).  I really want to help my child through this, but I am so scared to make the wrong decision.  I have coached to take things very slow and that the goal should be to resolve the dysphoria with an appropriate professional.

Sorry this is so long - just trying to give a little background and look for a potential list of reasonable psychologist/psychiatrists that will not diagnose without real discovery.
I am a little nervous about posting my location on the public side of this forum as I do not want this tracing back in any way to my child/family.  What would I need to fill out or whom do I connect with to enter the private portion?

Thank you!

Hi ScaredParent, and welcome.

Your account has been activated. Post back here if you still cannot access the members-only forum and we will see what we can do.
Posted by ScaredParent - 12-Jul-2019, 05:54 AM
Hello.  I am probably not alone in feeling desperate and lost in all of this.  My teen has opened up to me about multiple things, one of which sounds like gender dysphoria.  I am frozen solid on what to do next.  I am VERY wary of today's political climate (I tend to be a very middle of the road person, looking to reason and credible science where possible) and its influence on this topic is truly scary.

I just want to make sure that a doctor we visit will be as unbiased as possible in diagnosing what is actually happening.  This all came about at in late teen years, but feelings started with the onset of puberty.  Totally normal gender feelings through childhood through their own recollection.

I am checking online resources all over the place, but so many are overrun with bias and "cancel" culture stuff (e.g. no room to posit ideas or potential solutions).  I really want to help my child through this, but I am so scared to make the wrong decision.  I have coached to take things very slow and that the goal should be to resolve the dysphoria with an appropriate professional.

Sorry this is so long - just trying to give a little background and look for a potential list of reasonable psychologist/psychiatrists that will not diagnose without real discovery.
I am a little nervous about posting my location on the public side of this forum as I do not want this tracing back in any way to my child/family.  What would I need to fill out or whom do I connect with to enter the private portion?

Thank you!
Posted by clancypants - 15-Jun-2019, 11:40 AM
(31-Mar-2018, 02:16 PM)candycigs Wrote: There has been a lot posted about choosing the right therapist. Some recommendations have been:

-Older, 50+ is good ( someone who has a lot of experience is less likely to be caught up in the quick-to-confirm frenzy than a younger therapist who is more apt to buy in to this "modern" approach. An older therapist will also have experience with (or at least a working knowledge of) other social contagions in teen girls (ex. bulemia in the 80s-90s) so are more likely to recognize it for what it is.

-Do not choose a  "Gender Identity Therapist"-A lot of therapist are building their careers on this profitable niche market. There is no certification or licensing or qualifications required to declare yourself a specialist in this brand new field. They will likely be quick to confirm and insist that you do the same.

-When looking for a therapist, send out emails to many different therapists asking point blank if they recognize the sudden spike in adolescent girls suddenly identifying as boys, and how do they explain the phenomenon. Ask if they see it as a possible social contagion. You will learn who you are dealing with by how they answer this question, I believe. You want a therapist who believes that girls start presenting as trans because they are anxious and/or depressed, not the other way around as trans-activists would have you believe.

We have just started with a 60+, male, old-school psychotherapist in Kansas City, Mo. My daughter adores him and its only been one meeting. They spent the first session exploring her subconscious through analyzing her dreams. Afterwards, she said "I want to see him every day!". It was a totally different approach than any of the other therapists shes had (she also suffers from anxiety, and was depressed for about a year--severly limiting her iphone time helped with that tremendously).

I will ask him if he knows anyone in Denver. Hes been around forever so he just might.
Can you ask him if he knows anyone in Chicago??
Posted by Marge Bouvier Simpson - 29-May-2019, 07:37 PM
Thanks, hummingbird, for your response to Concerned Parent 11. You are right -- Concerned Parent 11 just needed to have their account manually activated.

CP11, your account is now activated and you now have access to the entire members-only forum, including the resources section. Please post back if you're still having trouble finding it and we will help you out.
Posted by Hummingbird - 29-May-2019, 03:34 PM
(29-May-2019, 01:49 PM)Concerned Parent 11 Wrote: [quote pid='14960' dateline='1528830378']
I know this is an older thread but saw that you mentioned a "Resources" section in the members only area on therapists.  We are having difficulties locating that page.  Could you walk us through how to get there.  Thank you

I had the same question.  I've seen 'Resources' mentioned a couple of times but can't find it.  Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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You need to be approved by a moderator.  Hang in there - it doesn't usually take long - and then you will have access to all the resources.  I would say welcome, but that seems wrong as it means yet another family has been impacted, but you will find a very supportive group here.
Posted by Concerned Parent 11 - 29-May-2019, 01:49 PM
[quote pid='14960' dateline='1528830378']
I know this is an older thread but saw that you mentioned a "Resources" section in the members only area on therapists.  We are having difficulties locating that page.  Could you walk us through how to get there.  Thank you
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I had the same question.  I've seen 'Resources' mentioned a couple of times but can't find it.  Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Posted by TXmom - 19-Apr-2019, 03:13 PM
(15-Jan-2019, 01:32 AM)cathy2144@mail.com Wrote: Hello,

We are looking for a gender critical therapist in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.  Anyone have any referrals?

15 year daughter ROGD, current therapists did not want to help, now daughter is 16 years old and  we are back looking for new therapist.  I feel like we lost a year of finding the root cause of any underlying issues.

Concerned Mom

Tried to reply in the public space as I was not sure you had joined.  Did you find a therapist?  I may have one if she is taking new patients.  I will check.  I do believe from all our visits that she is taking a critical eye to my son's "diagnosis".  We together decided not to go to Genecis who will only affirm.
Posted by - 19-Apr-2019, 03:10 PM
(15-Jan-2019, 01:32 AM)cathy2144@mail.com Wrote: Hello,

We are looking for a gender critical therapist in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.  Anyone have any referrals?

15 year daughter ROGD, current therapists did not want to help, now daughter is 16 years old and  we are back looking for new therapist.  I feel like we lost a year of finding the root cause of any underlying issues.

Concerned Mom

Have you joined this forum yet?  Did you find a therapist?  We too are in the DFW area.  I may have a recommendation, but have to check with our therapist to see if she is taking new patients.  Also, not being openly affirming can be a risk to their practice.  I do believe she is working through all the issues with our 17yo son who announced his "diagnosis" last fall.  We are desperately trying to get things resolved before he is 18 and can get what he wants on his own.
Posted by ConcernedMom9 - 16-Feb-2019, 11:59 PM
Can anyone please recommend a neutral therapist or psychiatrist in the Portland, Oregon area? We're only finding gender therapists and affirming practitioners and 15 is the legal age of consent for medical in Oregon. This is 9 months old for us and previously NO signs of gender issues. We're not phobic, but concerned about this wave of FTM in teens! We need help, badly. We've seen a reputable psychologist who did an evaluation and dx anxiety, depression (both mild), and ADHD. Our teen is also verbally gifted but not so much in writing, so the IQ piece was difficult to ascertain. Verbally it was Mensa range (136). I don't really understand the difference, but I guess there are multiple components that go into IQ. Whether or not it's related I don't know, but it makes it extremely difficult to engage with our teen since they're so verbally gifted. You can't change their mind. Sadly, the psychologist doesn't do therapy and didn't know of anyone in our area who was could really dive into what the issues are. If we rule everything else out and we're left with gender dysphoria only, we'll accept that and be supportive, but we need to know that this isn't something else being mislabeled by this trend and trans affirming therapists.

Can anyone in Oregon help?
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