It must be pretty scary to walk around in the world and feel eyes on you wherever you go. It’s like you just can’t stop or hide from the cold stare of society and its confines. Being a transgender individual is hard in today’s world. Especially while you’re going through changes that make you look and sound different. It must be frustrating feeling this way. Walking through life, looking and feeling like a stranger. Not quite fitting in.
Yes, people are more accommodating and educated in today’s world but that’s only a small group. A larger group of people are still uneducated, judgmental, ignorant, prejudiced, and non-tolerant to transgender individuals or people who are nonconforming. All the judgment and hate from outside parties has created a mental health crisis in our society and the world. The crisis has gotten so out of hand that many transgender individuals end up trying to take their own lives.
Out of 6000 transgender individuals:
- 41% tried to take their own lives.
- 60% were refused treatment and denied health care by their physicians.
- 57% got rejected by their loved ones and lost all contact with them.
- 69% were homeless at some point.
- 60 – 70% have gone through sexual harassment at the hands of law enforcement officers – the people who are supposed to make us feel safe in this world.
- 65% has experienced cases of sexual harassment in the workplace.
- 78% has experienced cases of sexual harassment at school.
Transgender and nonconforming individuals are living in fear every day because of all the homophobia and transphobia that’s being targeted at them. People are afraid of what they don’t understand and most people don’t understand what transgender individuals are going through.
So What Can Be Done?
Transgender therapy comes with a variety of advantages for transgender as well as nonconforming people. It helps transgender individuals to come to terms with the changes that are happening in their own bodies. It helps them to rediscover themselves as a person whom they can be proud of when they look in the mirror. Experienced counselors also help families come to grips with their daughter or son identifying as a transgender individual.
Counseling can help transgender individuals feel more free in their own skin. The therapy given by specialist counselors helps them to accept who they are as people and not be bothered about what the world has to say about them. Therapists can help transgender people come to terms with the changes that are happening in their body without the fear of being judged by others – outsiders who so not understand what they’re going through. There will be safe environment where transgender individuals can talk about all their fears and hopes for the future. Therapy is an integral part of understanding and coming to grips with all the changes that your body is going through.
Collaborative Therapeutic Services (CTS) seeks to maximize clients’ options by offering a variety of services, hours, locations and service providers with diverse specializations. We offer evening & weekend appointments. Have questions? Contact Us Here or Call 813-951-7346. Locations in Tampa & Brandon.