The Gender Freedom Model: A Framework for Helping Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Questioning Clients Transition With More Ease
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Transgender/non-binary experiences and identities are often represented in academic literature through narratives of distress and are often pathologized through a medical lens. This holds implications for the field of psychotherapy, as interventions aimed to support transgender/nonbinary individuals often focus solely on risk mitigation. This article presents a therapeutic framework that rests on three pillars—Play, Pleasure, and Possibility—as the focal points for reimagining work with transgender/non-binary clients. This model aims to help this population explore gender transition with more ease through building practical skills, cultivating personal and collective pride, and centering pleasure equity.
McDaniel, R., & Meng, L. (2022). The Gender Freedom Model: A Framework for Helping Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Questioning Clients Transition With More Ease. Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, 3 (2), 82-93. https://doi.org/10.34296/03021064
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