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Psychotherapy for gender identity disorders

  • Az Hakeem

This article describes a special adaptation of group psychotherapy as a psychological treatment for people with a variety of gender identity disorders. It can be used as an alternative to or concurrently with hormonal and/or surgical interventions for transgender people. It is also suitable for individuals whose gender identity disorder remains after physical interventions. The article draws from a UK specialist pilot for such a treatment service and describes the explicit aims of the psychotherapy, the specialist adaptation of therapeutic technique required and observed thematic features relevant to working in this specific field.

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Dr Az Hakeem, Highgate Mental Health Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19 5NX, UK. Email:
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See also pp. 2–11 and 12–16, this issue.

Declaration of Interest

A.H. runs the gender identity disorder service described in this article.

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