Person-Centred Counselling for Trans and Gender Diverse People
A Practical Guide
by Sam Hope
Trans clients are frequently doubted, misunderstood, infantilized and judged by professionals, and this book presents an approach that ensures psychological well-being and trust is built between counselor and client. This person-centered, affirmative approach is based around unlearning assumptions about gender and destabilizing professionals' ideas of 'knowing better' than, and judging the client, so that they can forge a relationship and connection that is on an equal footing. The book explores a range of topics such as the overlap of gender diversity and autism, sex and sexuality, intersectionality, unconscious bias and reflective practice. Essential reading for professionals that want to support trans people's mental health and social well-being.
Sam Hope is a non-binary trans therapist with many years' experience of working with the LGBT community. Sam is a BACP-accredited trauma therapist and delivers training to counselors and third-sector professionals on trans issues. They run the Trans Inclusive Feminism Facebook page; run their own blog; and write for Beyond the Binary and The Queerness.