Therapist Uncensored co-host Sue Marriott LCSW, CGP joins Umbrella Collective founder, clinical social worker, psychotherapist and parent Li Brookens in a lively discussion on recognizing the complexities (and social implications) of defining oneself as non-binary. They discuss what therapists need to know in working with these populations, and share great resources to follow up. Their sweet conversation captures the human development across ages to the struggle and pride of landing in a place with oneself that feels like home.
They also talk about how to differentiate terms like gender and sex and the importance of a non-binary conception when discussing identity. We think you’ll enjoy it and learn something no matter your gender identity!
Li’s own experience growing up, maturing and discovering their gender identity as non-binary
Removing binary thinking from identity and opening up a world for identity
Defining “cisgender”, transgender as anyone who transgresses gender norms
Gender assignment vs. sex assignment, sexual orientation, sex role
Non-gender specific pronouns such as “they”
Preferred terms vs defining terms; it’s not a preference, it just is.
Addressing being trans in a general therapy sessions
Having a problem with anxiety vs. having anxiety about having a problem
Resources, how best to address transgender people as therapists, familiarizing yourself with the gender spectrum
Wrap up and outro
The Colonized Mind: Gender Trauma and Mentalization by Sarah Silverman – excellent clinical article from therapists perspective, one of Li’s favorite’s!
WPath.org (World Psychological Organization for Transgender Health) THIS IS A MUST SEE -Ethical Standards, be familiar with these if you are a therapist. Great resource!
Gender Spectrum for families Another awesome resource, this has tons of great material for anyone interested in learning more! Share freely.
Umbrella Collective – how to get in touch with Li Brookens
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