• Christina Richards
Part of the Critical and Applied Approaches in Sexuality, Gender and Identity book series (CAASGI)


Non-binary and genderqueer people will usually see a psychologist for matters unrelated to their gender or only tangentially related to it. In these circumstances psychologists should not pay undue attention to the person’s gender any more than one would for any other demographic characteristic. This chapter therefore focuses on those times where gender is the key issue, for example when a person is considering coming out, or altering their physical appearance and wishes to have the assistance of a psychologist, or is required to as part of a physical transition. It considers a tailored clinical interview and touches upon some differentials, as well as the key elements of affirmative, supportive assessment and clinical practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina Richards
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  1. 1.Nottingham Center for Transgender HealthNottinghamUK

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