(2012). From Gender Identity Disorder to Gender Identity Creativity: True Gender Self Child Therapy. Journal of Homosexuality: Vol. 59, The Treatment of Gender Dysphoric/Gender Variant (GD/GV) Children and Adolescents, pp.
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Ehrensaft, child clinician, discusses her own self-reports on gender identity disorder and gender identity creativity through her true gender self-therapy (TGST) sessions with gender nonconforming and transgender children. Gender identity creativity is the individual unique forming of a gender self that integrates body, brain, mind, and psyche to establish his or her authentic gender identity and expression. Ehrensaft’s findings through TGST and the self-reports of her clients indicate that the children who report that they are allowed to express their gender as they feel it rather than as others dictate it are enlivened and engaged, while prohibiting true gender expression shows symptoms of anxiety, stress, anger, and depression. Children who experience extreme discrepancy between the genders they are born as and the gender they know themselves to be makes it difficult for them to live an authentic gender life in which they can feel comfortable projecting their true gender identity to their friends, family, and the world. It is particularly hard when the child is living in a world of friends and family who are not welcoming of his or her discrepancy. This goes along with education as well, because if these children do not feel accepted at school and feel like the environment is misunderstanding and uneasy they will feel like an outsider and bad about themselves.