Q&A

ACT for Gender Identity

ACT for Gender Identity

How can acceptance, mindfulness and cognitive defusion help people come to terms with gender identity? Pioneering queer theorist and counselor, Alex Stitt, shares their thoughts.

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How might ACT help someone who feels stuck in a gender role? What general advice would you give for feeling this way?
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For someone who is naïve beyond the two cisgender boxes, can you explain what is gender identity and why is it important?
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How and which of the core processes of ACT help with gender dysphoria or feeling at war with your body?
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How does ACT fit with gender affirming therapy?
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What processes of ACT would help someone who feels hooked on needing validation from the outside world in relation to their sexuality or gender?
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Could you point a new graduate who aspires to work with LGBTQ+ populations in the right direction for training? What are some key starting things to know about to become a competent LGBTQ+ affirming therapist?
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What part of ACT can help a client be able to experience their own anger and rage at gender prejudice and discrimination in a way that stops them internalizing it into self-hatred?
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