From gender identity disorder to gender identity creativity: true gender self child therapy

J Homosex. 2012;59(3):337-56. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2012.653303.


True gender self child therapy is based on the premise of gender as a web that weaves together nature, nurture, and culture and allows for a myriad of healthy gender outcomes. This article presents concepts of true gender self, false gender self, and gender creativity as they operationalize in clinical work with children who need therapeutic supports to establish an authentic gender self while developing strategies for negotiating an environment resistant to that self. Categories of gender nonconforming children are outlined and excerpts of a treatment of a young transgender child are presented to illustrate true gender self child therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Creativity
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychology, Child
  • Psychotherapy / methods
  • Self Concept
  • Transsexualism / psychology*
  • Transsexualism / therapy