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Transform and Feel Better With Gender Dysphoria Counseling at Miami Hypnosis and Therapy

Gender dysphoria occurs when a person is conflicted between their physical or assigned gender at birth and the gender that person identifies with creating a multitude of mixed emotions and feelings. These feelings can affect a person’s behavior and self-image. The desire to transition to the gender they identify with is a process that affects each person differently.

The process of transitioning involves three types:

  1. Medical
    • Hormone therapy
    • Surgical reconstructive procedures
  2. Social
    • Coming out to friends and family
    • Asking others to use the pronoun that represents their gender identity
    • Changing their appearance through dressing to reflect their gender identity
  3. Legal
    • Changing their name

Some people transition quicker than others, depending on how they feel, and not all people that have gender dysphoria will go through the actual transition process. Transitioning can be done medically or socially and not necessarily both together.

The mixed feelings that can arise during this time can create anxiety, depression, and self-doubt. Having a safe place to discuss these feelings is crucial, and having gender dysphoria counseling with a non-judgmental therapist can help bridge the gap between the known and the unknown.

The Onset of Gender Dysphoria

Many people with gender dysphoria will first notice these feelings in childhood, but some won’t have them until later in life.

When children feel as if they are in the wrong body, it can be a scary feeling for them, causing incredible distress. Feeling unsure of who you are supposed to be is hard enough as an adult, let alone a child.

Signs and Symptoms of Gender Dysphoria

  • Depression and withdrawal – Many people, especially children, do not feel comfortable talking about such a complex and personal topic, so they retreat and may become depressed.
  • Admission of feeling uncomfortable in their skin – Talking about actual feelings is, of course, the telltale sign and should be addressed with sensitivity and care, and utilizing gender dysphoria counseling can help with that process.
  • Crossdressing – Choosing to dress more like the opposite sex because that makes them feel more like themselves is a sign, but not necessarily a definitive one. This action could also be just a “curiosity phase.”
  • Fear of puberty – When puberty hits, the body will change, and if it turns more into the person that they do not want to be, then that can be quite frightening.
  • Anorexia – Not eating is a way of self-destruction and a way of saying that a person is unhappy with who they are.
  • Anxiety – Not being able to understand the changes that are happening in the body and mind can create a tremendous amount of anxiety.

With the right person to talk to, gender dysphoria can be taken from a scary place to a safe place and one in which the person can finally embrace.

How to Support Yourself During Gender Transition

Dealing with gender transition requires a sensitive and highly trained professional that specializes in gender dysphoria counseling. Many different forms of treatment can help, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT has been proven to help with social anxiety disorder, which is highly prevalent among those with gender dysphoria.
    • CBT is based on our thoughts, creating our feelings and behaviors, and if we restructure our ideas, then we can change our outcome.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) – NLP helps to reconcile inner conflict with people having gender dysphoria by accepting who they are.
    • NLP reconnects the conscious and unconscious mind to develop new skills to overcome negative patterns of behavior.
  • Hypnotherapy – Hypnotherapy helps to bring about a deep state of relaxation or a trance-like state where one can be more responsive to helpful suggestions. This form of therapy can be used in conjunction with other types of treatment, especially CBT.
      • Helps to build resistance when coping with discrimination and/or oppression
      • Enables the person to accept themselves fully
      • Support for dealing with the “coming out” process to friends and loved ones
      • Promotes self-confidence, courage, and resilience
      • Works directly with specific issues such as:
        • Loss of identity
        • Depression
        • Sexuality
        • Relationship issues

    At Miami Hypnosis and Therapy, we help support gender transition by utilizing CBT, NLP, and hypnotherapy through counseling for gender dysphoria. We strive to bring the right blend of therapeutic applications to each patient. Since everyone is unique in their wants and needs, then having the proper form of treatment is vital. Our treatment regime can help put that light at the end of what seemed to be a very long and dark tunnel.

    There is no better time to start living the life you were meant to live than right now. Take that first step on your incredible journey and contact us today!

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Improve Your Life With Self-Esteem Therapy at Miami Hypnosis & Therapy

Self-esteem is the belief we have about ourselves concerning who we are and our abilities. Having high self-esteem means our ideas are more positive, and we can handle stressful situations in a more confident manner. When we have low self-esteem, our beliefs are more cynical, and we tend to focus more on our weaknesses and mistakes. Having low self-esteem can cripple a person’s sense of wellbeing, but there is hope.

Our inner critic can be influential. However, thanks to treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) along with hypnotherapy, those suffering can get the help they need.

How Low Self-Esteem Develops

Low self-esteem can start developing in early childhood. When we are told or are under the impression we aren’t good enough, it can create the groundwork for how we feel about ourselves later in life.

As we grow into adulthood, we find ourselves second-guessing the things we do because they might not be good enough. With self-esteem therapy, we can overcome negative self-talk and feel accepted for who we are. We can start to change our negative thought patterns that develop in our early years. These negative feelings can linger and pop up throughout our life, manifesting into behaviors that display low self-esteem.

Life Experiences That May Lead to Low Self-Esteem

Having low self-esteem doesn’t just happen overnight. There are a few life experiences that can strengthen negative feelings and ignite our inner critic.

  • Trauma – Abuse of any kind, such as physical, sexual, or emotional trauma can affect our feeling of self-worth.
  • Parental Upbringing – Parents that belittle or have substance abuse issues can affect how we see the world growing up.
  • Being Bullied – Being harassed, humiliated, or bullied in our childhood and adolescent years can leave lasting scars on how we approach things later in life.

Self-esteem therapy can help identify negative beliefs and challenge them. Some non-positive ideas can be shown through behaviors that may seem more subtle.

Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem

  • Having to be right all the time
  • Seeing oneself as being better than others
  • Inability to accept compliments
  • Sensitivity to criticism
  • The use of negative words to describe oneself
  • Attributes luck to achievements rather than hard work

Consequences of Having Low Self-Esteem

Having low self-esteem can lead to other problems such as:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Friendships and romantic relationships can suffer
  • Poor performance at work and school
  • Increased likelihood of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Fear of trying due to fear of failure
  • Becoming a perfectionist and overachiever to compensate for what they see as being inferior

There is also a connection between those having low self-esteem and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Studies have shown a link between OCD and self-esteem, showing that those with OCD tend to link their self worth to other people and their relationships.

How Self-Esteem Therapy Helps Quiet the Inner Critic

Self-esteem therapy can help in overcoming negative self-talk by changing how we think about ourselves. Low self-esteem lives in the subconscious part of the mind, and that is why it can appear without us being aware.

The subconscious is only protecting us from having a bad experience happen again. For example, if we failed a math test in school, the subconscious will have us avoid math by putting the fear of failure into play. We eventually avoid math entirely, which can ultimately lead to having financial problems later in life.

There are a few forms of self-esteem therapy that can be utilized to help build self-confidence and reduce self-doubt. The three primary therapies include:

  1. CBT – This form of treatment involves working with the conscious part of the mind and changing dysfunctional thinking patterns, which then lead to a more positive behavioral response.
  2. NLP – This form of therapy involves working with the subconscious part of the mind to release limiting beliefs and replace them with more positive and confident views.
  3. Hypnotherapy – Hypnotherapy works directly with the subconscious by talking directly to it to change the unwanted negative thinking patterns and replace them with positive ones.

Blending all these forms of therapy can provide the most effective response in a shorter amount of time when compared to having just one type being utilized. At Miami Hypnosis and Therapy, we offer all these forms of therapy in a safe and peaceful environment. We create unique treatment plans to suit each patient’s individual goals.

Overcoming negative self-talk can be done through self-esteem therapy. The blueprint of self-doubt is there inside the mind, but it can be replaced. Let us give you the tools needed to change your life for the better. Take that first step to a more confident and happier you, and book your appointment today!

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