Treating Trauma in Trans People
An Intersectional, Phase-Based Approach
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Treating Trauma in Trans People brings together key concepts from both gender-affirming treatment and trauma-focused care, with interventions focused on resolving physiological, intrapsychic, and interpersonal disruptions. Symptoms related to trauma and stress manifest in bodies, psyches, and interpersonal interactions. Gender, too, is impacted by bodies, psyches, and interpersonal interactions. With chapters that focus on each of these domains, this book provides a framework for clinicians eager to provide trauma-informed, gender-inclusive care. The book then broadens the lens to the systemic, acknowledging the limits of individual interventions when located within a larger framework of systemic oppression and asking clinicians to consider liberation and justice as treatment goals.
Table of Contents
Introduction, 1. Trans 101, 2. Trauma 101, 3. Intersectionality 101, 4. Traumatic and Stressful Experiences in the Lives of Trans People, 5. Physiological Features of Trauma, 6. Psychological Features of Trauma, 7. Interpersonal Features of Trauma, 8. Introducing the Triphasic Model, 9. Phase 0—Before Getting Started, 10. Phase 1—Safety in an Unsafe World, 11. Phase 2—Reprocessing, 12. Phase 3—Finding and Building Affirming Communities, 13. In Which We Come to the End of Our Time Together
Reese Minshew (they/them) holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research and is licensed to practice in California, Illinois, and New York.
"Minshew’s Treating Trauma in Trans People meets a critical need for gender care and trauma care providers: guiding them in trans-affirming trauma-therapy strategies that are grounded in deep understanding of both the impacts of oppression and the healing of therapeutic and community liberatory practices."
Finn Gratton, LMFT (they/them), author of Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults
"Treating Trauma in Trans People is a valuable guide for clinicians tending to the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse individuals and communities. The focus of this book is liberation, and it moves us in that direction with a combination of concrete, applicable treatment strategies paired with an examination of the structures that contribute to systemic inequality."
Colt St. Amand, PhD, MD, (he/they), clinical psychologist, family medicine physician, and coeditor of The Gender Affirmative Model