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When starting to look for a therapist, many trans survivors find providers that specialize in either gender-related issues or sexual assault and trauma. Some survivors prefer to see one therapist who helps them explore both areas, while others prefer to see separate providers for different areas of their lives. There are many reasons why someone might choose either of these approaches.

The infographics below provide helpful ideas when choosing between therapists that focus on gender-related issues or on trauma and sexual assault. The first infographic explores the pros and cons of seeing a trans-knowledgeable therapist, a trauma-informed therapist, or seeing two therapists at the same time.

The second infographic offers a series of questions to ask yourself when considering the type of therapist you would like to work with. There are many reasons people choose the therapists they do, and this guide can help clarify what you most want to get out of therapy, and what kind of therapist is best equipped to help you reach your goals.

Trans-knowledgeable vs. Trauma-informed 1

To learn more about choosing a therapist, visit forge.tips/therapist-guide