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We are here because those who are exploring gender identity or struggling with their biological sex should have access to therapists who will provide thoughtful care without pushing an ideological or political agenda.

We believe that skilled, ethical exploratory therapy is appropriate for those with gender dysphoria, their families, and detransitioners.

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The Teenage Brain

By Sallie Baxendale. Neuroscience: Decision Making and The Teenage Brain Although the legal system assigns the arbitrary age of 18 years to the onset of adulthood, sophisticated neuroimaging studies demonstrate that the human brain doesn’t actually stop developing until we reach our mid-twenties, a fact that is beginning to be recognised in the criminal justiceContinue reading “The Teenage Brain”

Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Teach Us about Victimhood Culture and Teen Anxiety

By LISA MARCHIANO. When Carl Jung was a 12-year-old schoolboy, he was shoved to the ground by another child, hitting his head on the pavement, and nearly losing consciousness. Instantly, he grasped the opportunities created by this attack. ‘At the moment I felt the blow, the thought flashed through my mind: “Now you won’t haveContinue reading “Collision with Reality: What Depth Psychology Can Teach Us about Victimhood Culture and Teen Anxiety”

Latest podcast from GENDER: A WIDER LENS

75 – Borderline Personality: Distorted Attempts to Integrate – A Conversation w/ Lisa Duval Gender: A Wider Lens Podcast

Lisa Duval is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with children, teens, and families for over 30 years. She is also the mother of a "fiercely gender questioning" 18 year-old daughter, who has been male-identified for the last 5 years. She works with ROGD teens in an exploratory, empowering, feminist, and body positive way, affirming their beatiful, complicated selves but not simply their trans identities.      We start with Lisa describing the old DSM multi-axial system, which was actually discarded in the current version, version 5. In Axis 2 we had cognitive and personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder. Listeners often ask me and Stella about potential links between borderline personality constellations and gender issues, so we were really excited to speak with Lisa about this. For starters, Lisa shares why borderline personality disorder should rarely ever be diagnosed in teens, though sometimes you might hear psychiatrists say a child has some “borderline traits”. We delve into how common, and almost quintessential, these traits are as a part of normal adolescent development.     Lisa then explains a fascinating theory: not only are kids with these traits perhaps more vulnerable to ROGD, but also that aspects of gender identity ideology iatrogenically create borderline dynamics in dysphoric kids. In other words, gender ideology and a dogmatic affirmation approach could be causing and exacerbating these borderline traits. We also have a chance to explore the overlap between expressions of Autism and Borderline, and Lisa comments on a previous discussion we had about this with Dr Susan Bradley in EP 65. At the end of the episode, Lisa shares a really interesting way she that and her clients have been able to circumvent the issue of picking a new cross-sex name while exploring gender identity. 
  1. 75 – Borderline Personality: Distorted Attempts to Integrate – A Conversation w/ Lisa Duval
  2. 74 – Detransition – Part 1: Going Back & Moving Forward
  3. 73 – Shame, Narcissism, and the Transition Fantasy w/ Joe Burgo