transgender letters of support…
At Connally Counseling, we adhere to the WPATH suggested guidelines for therapists. Before I go further, I want to say I am pro-therapy. To me, therapy is different than the mental health assessment that is described in the WPATH Standards of Care (SOC) found on http://www.wpath.org. Therapy is a commitment made by an individual that will allow them to explore their internal and external world and sit in the discomfort instead of run away from it. For a person who is transitioning, therapy is also a way to stay present.
Even if someone feels confident about their transition and better about their life, a lot could instantly change. From my own experience, the highs are really high and the lows are really low. The lows are brought on by people treating you differently, family, relationship, and employment conflicts, and mood changes either due to hormones or after surgeries. For all of these reasons, building a relationship with a therapist before the transition is a way to build a foundation that will be built upon as you move forward in life.
Some people may need or benefit from seeing a therapist weekly, others bi-monthly and others just here and there when they need a check-in.