A new website has been created by a group of psychotherapists and counsellors working in the area of gender and gender dysphoria.
The aim of Thoughtful Therapists is to protect the integrity of the open-ended exploration of feelings and ideas that has always been, and is still now, a necessary component of ethical and effective therapy.
This has been inspired by the proposed Bill to Ban Conversion Therapy which may criminalise or ban beneficial exploratory therapy in the context of gender dysphoria.
There is also concern about the consequences of the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy as this document seems to promote an affirmation-only approach for therapists working with individuals with gender-related distress.
There is no long-term, high quality evidence base to support the affirmative approach and therapists are concerned that this narrow-minded approach limits the range of therapeutic options available to individuals who are endeavouring to freely explore their innermost thoughts and feelings.
For a more thorough overview and in-depth details, see https://thoughtfultherapists.org