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Useful questions to help you explore your gender identity
If you are struggling with your gender identity, here are some helpful questions that you can ask yourself and explore, either on your own or with a counselor or therapist. They may also be useful to convey to health professionals that are helping you to explore your gender identity and / or work toward a transition.
Q: Have you ever experienced distress or confusion over your gender identity?
Q: What is your preferred gender pronoun? (e.g. he, she, they / them / their, none / any label acceptable?)
Q: What is your preferred name?
Q: When / how did you realize you were trans?
Q: What is good about being a man / woman? What is bad about being a man / woman?
Q: Do you identify as 100% male / female or somewhere in between?
Q: What are your goals for transition (if you have any)? When would you like them accomplished?
If you are in distress or in need of counselling, call 1-877-330-6366 to talk to someone 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
Claire Salisbury, MSc, CCC is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who currently maintains a private practice in downtown London primarily focused on providing psychotherapy and support to trans and gender questioning individuals, including parents of gender creative children. Self-referrals are welcomed. For more information about her practice, including rates and availability, please email: email@example.com
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