Standard Therapy vs Gender Therapy
Not all therapists are equal, when looking for a therapist, it is important to find one that specialises in trans patients. Many therapists have very few if any trans patients or experience with trans people, so they will use you as a learning exercise and you will find that your progress is rather slow. In general they will also use a form of listening therapy as they wont have the in-depth knowledge to guide you down the rabbit hole.
A therapist specialising in gender may only deal with trans patients, day in day out, several hours a day. They will have seen everything and you wont be a learning exercise so they will be more likely in a position where they can guide you, ad you generally make progress faster.
Therapy is very personal! If you don't get on with your therapist or simply don't feel comfortable after 1 or 2 sessions, it is important to move on and find a different therapist.
Likewise after about 10 sessions of therapy, you will find that your progress may start to stall. It is very much down to the individual needs at this point, as for some people switching therapists can provide an alternative view point and help get you unstuck, for others having that continuity can be a lifeline during a turbulent time.
So its important to periodically assess what you are gaining from therapy, and make a judgement call as required.
CMagic can provide therapy, as part of the CMagic service. This does use the same therapists as TSS. Refer to CMagic for more information. These therapists have more than one day a week assigned to dealing with trans patients so have suitable experience for gender therapy.
If you are suicidal or need urgent therapy, you can seek support from your gp. Often they will get in touch with CMagic to arrange emergency therapy. Do be aware that you may be assigned to a generalist therapist who may not have much experience with trans patients.
YPAS is a specialist service for providing therapy for under 18s dealing with gender identity, please refer to YPAS for more information. I am unaware of anyone who has used this service, so if you do use this service, please consider updating our information :)
GYROS is primarily a support/social group for LGBT youth between 12 and 25. As part of this service they also offer 1:1 mentoring and support. Please refer to GYRO Note: They are not therapists, more like social workers.
THM ran by sahir house has extensive support networks in place and can provide limited 1:1 mentoring and support. This is less trans specific and more focused on day-to-day issues. THM does however have very good links to all of the support services in the liverpool city region, so are often a very good first call and can get you signposted quicker than going via your gp. See Sahir House (Previously THM) for more information. Note: They are not therapists, more like social workers.
Aris charges £60 per session and £30 for the initial consultation.
She costs £40-£60 per hour, pricing is generally specific to individual circumstances
You can contact her directly via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org She is also a therapist for gendergp, and can be contacted via the gendergp pages. https://www.gendergp.com/gendergp-network/jackie-swarbrick/
Approximately £60 per hour.