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Gender Loving Care: A Guide to Counseling Gender-Variant Clients

Randi Ettner

1999 / ISBN 0-393-70304-5 / 196 pages

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Gender Loving Care.

This book is a comprehensive guide to understanding and treating gender identity disorders. It provides an overview of the field, including history, etiology, diagnosis, research, and treatment of these conditions, primarily transsexualism, where a person feels trapped in the wrong-sexed body. These conditions are biologically based and have existed throughout history and in all cultures. Only recently, however, have hormonal and surgical treatments to change one's gender been available. For people seeking such sex reassignment, counseling is mandated by the Standards of Care followed by surgeons, endocrinologists, and other professionals involved in treating transgendered individuals.Transsexuals, cross-dressers, and other gender-variant clients are frequently misunderstood and, therefore, inappropriately treated by clinicians. The condition is often inaccurately diagnosed as a sexual identity issue, further obscuring effective interventions. Furthermore, the options of recommending hormonal and surgical treatments often cast the therapist in the unfortunate position of gatekeeper.To this confusing and emotionally charged topic, Randi Ettner brings a deeply humane and thoroughly authoritative voice. She shares stories from her clinical practice, letting readers hear the struggles and turmoil of gender-variant individuals. She provides both an overview of gender identity disorders and practical advice on counseling. Gender Loving Care is the first book to combine theory and application to assist professionals counseling the transgendered.

"Gender Loving Care is a little gem of a book that provides exactly enough information to let any clinician feel safe beginning to work with patients who violate or offend our own personal sense of what is right and proper about gender identity and display. Offered here is the history of our attitudes toward this realm of discomfort, a good selection of the theories offered to date, a moving but reasonable presentation of the affective lives of this cohort, and an eminently sensible approach to psychotherapy and case management. I recommend it wholeheartedly."-Donald L. Nathanson, M.D.

"In physical size, Dr. Randi Ettner is a small, in fact petite, woman. But in empathy for and awareness of the continuing trials and struggles of transsexuals, she is a giant. Her intelligence and insight, as expressed in this book, are what professionals need to experience. In fact, all society should be listening to what she tells us. This book is must reading for everyone."-Sheila Kirk, M.D. About the author

Randi Ettner, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice and President of the New Health Foundation. In addition, she is an instructor at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Foreword by George R. Brown
1. Historical and Cultural Perspectives
2. Transsexualism in the United States
3. How Prevalent Is the Condition of Who Is Affected?
4. Early Therapeutic Strategies
5. Etiology of Gender Dysphoria
6. Diagnostic Considerations
7. Gender Variance and the Formation of the Self
8. Effective Psychotherapy
9. A Multidisciplinary Approach
Appendix A: Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorder
Appendix B: Resources
Appendix C: A Cross-Gender Questionnaire by Richard E. Docter & James S. Fleming



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