Gender Exploratory Model / Gender Exploratory Therapy
In 2019 I coined the term Gender Exploratory Model / Gender Exploratory Therapy, aiming to describe in detail the way I work therapeutically with people experiencing gender-related distress. This approach is based on years of clinical experience and is grounded in systemic-developmental principles, connecting theory to practice and ethics. GEM and GET have a different theoretical base to both affirmative gender care / approach and conversion approaches and posits that both affirmation and conversion practices are inherently problematic.You can read more about my approach under the ‘Publications’ tab.
Systemic Family Therapy
“Family and systemic psychotherapy – also known as family therapy – can help those in close relationships to better understand and support each other. It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths, and work together to make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Family therapists can see children and adults on their own, or with other family members. Sometimes they offer a mixture of individual and family appointments, if they think that will be useful. Family therapists can also work with couples.”(AFT)
For more information on Systemic & Family Psychotherapy please refer to the Association for Family Therapy & Systemic Practice.
I am a registered member of both the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice within the UK (AFT) and also the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and at all times adhere to the AFT and UKCP codes of ethics. I am particularly sensitive to all aspects of diversity and a great supporter of anti-discriminatory practice both clinically, as well as in the community.
Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK
I am against any form of conversion therapy for people’s sexual orientation or gender identity. However, as aligned with the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK (October 2017), signed both by the UKCP and the BPS, I strongly believe that psychotherapy can help people explore issues in relation to their identity. I am therefore interested in offering my clients a safe space to explore and understand themselves better. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults, who, through a process of collaborative therapeutic exploration, have come to understand their gender or gender related distress in different ways and don’t necessarily pursue a medical intervention. This does not constitute ‘reparative / conversion’ therapy, as I do not aim to change someone’s gender or sexuality related feelings but rather engage in a dialogue exploring the meaning-making around identity development.
“For people who are unhappy about their sexual orientation or their transgender status, there may be grounds for exploring therapeutic options to help them live more comfortably with it, reduce their distress and reach a greater degree of self-acceptance. Some people may benefit from the challenge of psychotherapy and counselling to help them manage dysphoria and to clarify their sense of themselves. Clients make healthy choices when they understand themselves better.” (MoU on Conversion Therapy in the UK).