Title

Piloting a Psychotherapy Group for Transgender Clients: Description and Clinical Considerations for Practitioners

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

7 p.

Publication Date

2-2015

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Source Publication

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

Source ISSN

0735-7028

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1037/a0033134

Abstract

The likelihood that a psychologist will work with a transgender client is greater today than ever before; however, many psychologists report being unfamiliar with the challenges faced by this population. Training programs provide minimal exposure to transgender issues by way of coursework and practicum experiences, and many barriers prevent transgender persons from accessing quality mental health care. The provision of group psychotherapy services in psychology training clinics may help reduce barriers to treatment, but there is little literature to guide professionals interested in facilitating such a group. In response, this article provides psychologists with a description of an experiential/process psychotherapy group for transgender clients that was offered at a university training clinic. Logistical aspects of forming the group are reviewed. Prominent themes that emerged over the course of three 12-session groups are discussed. Considerations for other professionals and training clinics interested in offering similar groups are also provided.

Comments

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 46, No. 1 (February 2015): 30-36. DOI.

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