Lisa Marchiano, LCSW

is creating podcasts for parents of gender questioning teens and youth

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I will post a new video each month that cover different topics related to parenting teens and young adults with ROGD. Patrons will have access to all prior videos, as well as new videos. Patrons will also be able to submit questions that I will do my best to answer in upcoming videos. 

About

In 2016, I became aware that more and more teens were identifying as transgender without having experienced any gender dysphoria in early childhood. These young people were often suffering from mental health issues or other psychosocial vulnerabilities before announcing that they were trans, and many seemed to come out as trans along with close peers, or in the context of increased social media use. These patterns seemed to indicate that social contagion might be a factor. This concerned me greatly, because of the possibility that some might be accessing medical transition unnecessarily. As a therapist and Jungian analyst, I understand symptoms to be complex expressions of unconscious impulses and desires. As such, symptoms deserve to be explored with curiosity, avoiding premature foreclosure. Therapeutic practices that involve immediate affirmation of a young person's self-diagnosis shut down exploration. Because affirmation is often a gateway to medical intervention, it may mean that many young people are accessing treatments that harm the body who don't need them. 

I began speaking with parents in this situation in 2016 and have had contact with hundreds of parents. Through my conversations with parents, I have garnered some knowledge about gender dysphoria in adolescence and possible approaches that parents can use to help their child navigate this experience. I decided to start this Patreon because so many parents contact me, and I wanted to be able to offer as many parents as possible support and resources.

The podcast here will cover different aspects of parenting a gender questioning child. I will be uploading a minimum of one podcast per month. Although I have many topics I would like to cover, I will also be answering patron questions. I plan on focusing more on helping parents take care of themselves and make sure that their own needs are getting met while trying to navigate this difficult and often lonely situation. 

Thanks so much for your support for this project. Please share any questions that you might have and I will do my best to answer. 

Here are some resources:

Gender Critical Support Forum: https://gendercriticalresources.com/Support/index.php

Sasha Ayad's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/SashaLPC

Parents of ROGD Kids: https://www.parentsofrogdkids.com/

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Videos
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