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Gender Dysphoria in Psychosexual Therapy

Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person’s physical gender and their gender identity, causing emotional distress and confusion. In psychosexual therapy, this involves exploring these feelings in a supportive environment.

It manifests as discomfort with one’s body and a strong desire to be recognized as their identified gender.

Common conflicts

Individuals experiencing gender dysphoria often face challenges such as emotional distress, societal pressure, and confusion about their gender identity. These conflicts can affect various aspects of life, including relationships, self-esteem, and mental health.

Therapeutic focus

Psychosexual therapy offers a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their feelings about gender identity. The therapist helps the individual understand their emotions, identity, and the impacts of societal pressures, working together to develop a path forward that feels authentic and fulfilling.

Supportive and inclusive

This therapeutic approach emphasises the importance of creating an inclusive environment where individuals feel accepted and understood. It highlights the therapist’s role in providing support without judgment, ensuring that therapy is a safe place for open discussion.

Accessible help

Therapy for gender dysphoria is available in various formats, including face-to-face and online sessions. This flexibility ensures that individuals can access the help they need, regardless of their location or personal circumstances.

Therapeutic benefits

Psychosexual therapy can assist those experiencing gender dysphoria by providing a supportive environment to discuss their feelings, understand their identity, and explore options for their future. This type of therapy aims to help individuals work towards a sense of comfort and acceptance with their gender identity.

Therapy sessions

During therapy sessions, individuals can expect to discuss their feelings about their gender identity, the challenges they face, and their goals for the future. The therapist provides support and guidance, helping the individual discuss their feelings and find ways to manage any distress they may be experiencing.


What is gender dysphoria?
Gender dysphoria is the distress experienced by individuals whose gender identity differs from their biological sex.
How can psychosexual therapy help?
Psychosexual therapy provides a safe and supportive space to explore feelings, understand gender identity, and develop a path forward.
What happens in a therapy session?
Therapy sessions involve discussing feelings about gender identity, challenges faced, and future goals, with the support of an experienced therapist.


  1. NHS: Gender Dysphoria
  2. Better Health Channel: Gender Dysphoria
  3. American Psychological Association: Gender Dysphoria
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision