A Letter to the APA

This is phenomenal! It’s the letter that Lisa Marchiano, who is a psychotherapist, wrote to the American Psychological Association committee that deals with both gay and trans issues. It’s a cavalcade of every important point. What the research does and doesn’t show, social contagion, detransitioners. It’s in the hands of the psychotherapist supremos now. Let’s hope they don’t ignore it.

First, Do No Harm: Youth Gender Professionals

Psychotherapist Lisa Marchiano sent the following letter to the APA in support of Justine Kreher of thehomorarchy.com. Lisa blogs on parenting at https://blogs.psychcentral.com/big-picture-parenting/ and blogs on Jungian topics at http://www.theJungSoul.com. She can be found on Twitter at @LisaMarchiano.

March 6, 2017

Dear Members of APA Division 44:

I am writing this letter in support of my colleague Justine Kreher of thehomoarchy.com. (Her letter can be foundhere.) I am a licensed clinical social worker and Jungian analyst who has consulted with dozens of families who have a transgender identified teen. My experience with these families has shown me that parents want to protect their child from drastic and potentially harmful medical intervention that may not be necessary.

I have many concerns about the role of psychologists and other mental health professionals in affirming a young person’s self-diagnosis as transgender, and encouraging immediate social and/or medical transition. For the sake…

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