Are you concerned for your child’s rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD)? So am I. And I’m frightened by the hubris of many mental health clinicians who will quickly write you off as transphobic and encourage your child to transition behind your back. This is reckless, short-sighted behavior, and it’s only a matter of time before the consequences become devastatingly apparent.
Parents of ROGD youth, I will listen without jumping to conclusions. You know your child far better than I. Your observations about their history, gender expression over time, mental health, and peer influences are all valid and important sources of information. I will draw on the best of my training and experience that enables me to understand the complexities of human emotions, behavior, and family dynamics, in a nuanced manner.
I want to hear your stories, learn from you, support you through this rough time, and teach other therapists what they’re missing. If you are in Oregon and seeking a therapist, even if my practice is full, I will do my best to get you in. With enough interest, I could also form a support group. Alternately, if you are outside of Oregon and would be willing to share your story on my upcoming podcast, please let me know. I want other therapists to hear whatever you have to say to us.