An increasing number of children are asserting their gender in unexpected ways. To understand and support these little humans, it is imperative that we have the language and information that reflects their experiences.
First, let’s make sure we understand the basic and distinctly separate tenets of gender. Assigned sex is the label of male or female given upon birth, determined almost exclusively by genitalia.
Therapists often struggle when they meet a teenager who is reluctant or downright refuses to engage in treatment. The self-assuredness and biting sarcasm of an angry adolescent sometimes provokes an authoritative response in the therapist that leads to a disintegrating treatment relationship. So, how do you turn this around, build a connection, and get results?
Parents who bring their children to therapy are often desperate, anxious, and scared. They wonder if they are responsible for the difficulties their child is experiencing and may worry that they will be judged as inadequate parents. They may feel guilty or act defensive.