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Challenges Likely to be Faced When Counseling Transgender Clients.

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How to Approach Counseling Transgender Clients.

When working with transgender clients I recommend keeping in mind how vulnerable this group of people are, and how they are highly stigmatized in society.

Transgender people are often discriminated against, and they have high suicide rates.I suggest counseling transgender clients by teaching them how to overcome internalized heterosexism, homophobia, or transphobia (Chaney et al., 2011) as cited in (Sue & Sue, 2016).

I would validate and take an affirming position by helping to normalize the individualís identity, and as long as the client is seeking support, and feeling comfortable about discussing their struggles, I would help the client develop coping skills, survival skills, and help the client find environmental support (Sue & Sue, 2016).

Another approach to counseling transgender clients would be to address LGBT problems on a system and individual level to improve social skills, social services, and create a nondiscriminatory environment.

My final recommendation when working with individuals from the LGBT community is to take into considerations things such as age, ethnicity, relationship status, and spiritual beliefs when trying to encourage a transgender to come out.

Consider the effects and consequences the individuals could face if they decide to come out and consider the types of support available if the reaction is negative especially support for families (Sue & Sue, 2016).

Challenges Likely to be Faced When Counseling Transgender Clients.

When counseling transgender clients as a Christian counselor you may face individuals who struggle with accepting their self-identity even if it is different from what society defines as healthy (Sue & Sue, 2016).

You may experience transgender clients who suffer with substance use and abuse, or even a client who has attempted suicide. As a counselor when working with clients from the LGBT community you may also notice an increase in client stressors such as discrimination or harassment especially in school (Sue & Sue, 2016). Counselors may work with individuals that do not have a safe or confidential environment to socialize.

There can even be challenges when the client internalizes self-blame and societyís prejudice. Being called mentally ill, delusional, or self-destructive is another challenge that transgender individuals face (Sue & Sue, 2016). I believe that once society can see that homosexuality is not a mental disorder the conversation can begin to increase education and training when dealing with this community of people.

Reference: Sue, D., & Sue, S. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Son.

Challenges Likely to be Faced When Counseling Transgender Clients.

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