Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Transgender People in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Deb CoolhartEmail author
  • Linda Stone Fish
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_497

Name of Family Form



Gender dysphoria; Gender non-conforming


As transgender people are becoming more visible, people experiencing gender dysphoria have greater access to information about transgender identities and the transitioning process, and more couples and families are dealing with adjusting to a family member’s new expression of gender identity. Couple and family therapists are often unequipped to work with this population, having had little to no education about gender dysphoria, transgender identity, and the process of transitioning. This chapter will introduce clinicians to transgender identity and help them understand the impact of relational and cultural factors on gender transition and how to assess and intervene in couple and family therapy.


Gender identity is described as “a category of social identity and refers to an individual’s identification as male, female, or occasionally, some category other than male and female.”...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA