Evaluation For Medical Treatment For Transgender People

836 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Introduction Although, an increased number of transgender people are seeking psychotherapy, not many therapists are finding themselves in the role of assessor for medically necessary gender realignment procedures (Budge, 2015). There is a guideline for medical treatment for transgender population and that the document has been widely adopted by major medical insurance companies in the United States (e.g., Atena, BlueCrossBrueShield, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare) if such procedures are covered in the individual plan. Due to more transgender people seeking psychotherapy, it is important that clinicians are aware of this population’s unique needs and experiences. Moreover, the clinicians need to be aware that they may need to serve as assessor for the client’s eligibility and readiness for medical procedures. There is a risk that the assessment and treatment process to become another place for the transgender clients to experience negative judgement, stigmatization, discrimination, and rejection. The risk would increase when the mental health provider has a limited training and comprehension of this population (see Coolhart, Provancher, Hager, & Wang, 2008). Preoperative psychological health is critical in postoperative adjustment and satisfaction. After all, the primary aim of medical procedures is to enhance mental well-being and self-fulfillment of the individual (De Cuypere & Vercruysse, 2009). Therefore, the mental health providers who involve in the process of gender…
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