I work in the interdisciplinary field of transgender health. I’m also a nonbinary person and go by they/them/their pronouns. When I first started working with other trans people over fifteen years ago, this work was only on the fringes of cultural awareness for most mental health professionals, a niche or specialty that did not concern most.
Research shows that gender and sexual minorities experience more mental health problems than their heterosexual cis-gender (when assigned sex at birth matches gender identity) counterparts. Here are some best practices that I have found beneficial while working with clients within these communities and for myself as a sexual minority: