Sasha Ayad is creating content for parents of teens with Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria
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My name is Sasha Ayad and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I work primarily with teens who are experiencing issues around gender identity. There has been a growing surge of teens suddenly identifying as trans without any of the clinical markers of childhood dysphoria. After bingeing on trans teen YouTube videos, witnessing friends "come out," or being asked to consider their pronouns, many adolescents begin seriously questioning their gender for the first time. By equating ubiquitous teenage experiences (feeling uncomfortable in the body, feeling different from others, searching for identity and belonging) with the proof that they are transgender, a mere curiosity can become almost an obsession. They often research "next steps" and may come to parents with an itinerary for social and medical transition. As a therapist, my role is to encourage psychological exploration rather than rushing to medicalize a teen's trans declaration. In a client-lead approach, I aim for a process of discovery, curiosity, and deeper understanding. 

Through my direct experience with trans-identified teens, I've discovered that a compassionate and unhurried approach reveals a lot about this population. Many teens, when given the chance to speak for themselves, have serious doubts about whether they've found the right identity and whether changing their sex will really address the core of their suffering. I've witnessed many young people who chose to desist and re-adopt their birth sex identity once they've resolved underlying issues. On the other hand, some clients may decide that medical transition is an option they want to pursue.

This page is dedicated to sharing what I've learned and offering nuanced reflections on the topic of rapid or sudden gender dysphoria. Parents who subscribe will find advice on how to lovingly and thoughtfully support adolescents through this confusing gender journey.  

How to get the most from this Patreon account: 
- I recommend all parents start with the Boundaries video first. It includes some timeline-sensitive interventions that can save your teen a lot of time, energy, and distress. 
- Next, go down to the bottom of the page and check out the other videos in chronological order, with the oldest first. 


** Note: This content is not intended as a substitute for psychological or medical services. 
Tiers
Video Access
$5 or more per month
Access videos I created, giving general advice to parents of ROGD teens
Personalized Support
$10 or more per month
At this tier, you'll be able to submit questions about your specific case, which I'll answer in a special video series. You'll get the benefit of not only having your question answered, but also hearing my responses to other parents who may be wondering about other common issues with their ROGD teen. 
Goals
100 – reached! patrons
Once I reach 100 Patrons, I'll create polls to help me pick my next video topics.
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My name is Sasha Ayad and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I work primarily with teens who are experiencing issues around gender identity. There has been a growing surge of teens suddenly identifying as trans without any of the clinical markers of childhood dysphoria. After bingeing on trans teen YouTube videos, witnessing friends "come out," or being asked to consider their pronouns, many adolescents begin seriously questioning their gender for the first time. By equating ubiquitous teenage experiences (feeling uncomfortable in the body, feeling different from others, searching for identity and belonging) with the proof that they are transgender, a mere curiosity can become almost an obsession. They often research "next steps" and may come to parents with an itinerary for social and medical transition. As a therapist, my role is to encourage psychological exploration rather than rushing to medicalize a teen's trans declaration. In a client-lead approach, I aim for a process of discovery, curiosity, and deeper understanding. 

Through my direct experience with trans-identified teens, I've discovered that a compassionate and unhurried approach reveals a lot about this population. Many teens, when given the chance to speak for themselves, have serious doubts about whether they've found the right identity and whether changing their sex will really address the core of their suffering. I've witnessed many young people who chose to desist and re-adopt their birth sex identity once they've resolved underlying issues. On the other hand, some clients may decide that medical transition is an option they want to pursue.

This page is dedicated to sharing what I've learned and offering nuanced reflections on the topic of rapid or sudden gender dysphoria. Parents who subscribe will find advice on how to lovingly and thoughtfully support adolescents through this confusing gender journey.  

How to get the most from this Patreon account: 
- I recommend all parents start with the Boundaries video first. It includes some timeline-sensitive interventions that can save your teen a lot of time, energy, and distress. 
- Next, go down to the bottom of the page and check out the other videos in chronological order, with the oldest first. 


** Note: This content is not intended as a substitute for psychological or medical services. 

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Tiers
Video Access
$5 or more per month
Access videos I created, giving general advice to parents of ROGD teens
Personalized Support
$10 or more per month
At this tier, you'll be able to submit questions about your specific case, which I'll answer in a special video series. You'll get the benefit of not only having your question answered, but also hearing my responses to other parents who may be wondering about other common issues with their ROGD teen.