A NY Times op-ed reports:
After Kathleen’s 15-year-old son, whom she described as an obsessive child, abruptly told his parents he was trans, the doctor who was going to assess whether he had A.D.H.D. referred him instead to someone who specialized in both A.D.H.D. and gender. Kathleen, who asked to be identified only by her first name to protect her son’s privacy, assumed that the specialist would do some kind of evaluation or assessment. That was not the case.Why would any therapist say anything so outrageous? The evidence is that trans-affirming therapies lead to more suicides, not less.
The meeting was brief and began on a shocking note. “In front of my son, the therapist said, ‘Do you want a dead son or a live daughter?’” Kathleen recounted.
Parents are routinely warned that to pursue any path outside of agreeing with a child’s self-declared gender identity is to put a gender dysphoric youth at risk for suicide, which feels to many people like emotional blackmail. Proponents of the gender-affirming model have cited studies showing an association between that standard of care and a lower risk of suicide. But those studies were found to have methodological flaws or have been deemed not entirely conclusive.
Rebutting other lies, Quillette reports There’s No ‘Epidemic’ of Anti-Transgender Violence.
This is not just an isolated example of a therapist giving wacky advice. This is mainstream practice. The psychotherapy professional associations consider it unethical to say anything else. I recommend staying away from anyone even belonging to one of those associations.