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Transition and Beyond, Observations On Gender Identity 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1893075382
ISBN-10: 1893075389
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Paradox has been hailed and feared as both a mark of genius and a symptom of madness. Before this book there has been no therapeutic approach that has taken into account my family, people who live the sex and gender paradox of not-man, not-woman. Finally, a loving and caring program of therapy for the increasing number of neither/nor people in the world. Hurrah! --Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws

An ideal essential resource for therapists new to working with transgendered and transsexual clients, and a breath of fresh air for those already so engaged. A great source of insight to the therapeutic process for trans people and their partners, families, and friends. The chapters on addiction and recovery, fundamentalist religions and reparative therapy, and partners' issues are particularly enlightening, helpful, and soundly reasoned. Most highly recommended --Jamison Green, author of Becoming a Visible Man (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004

Reid Vanderburgh's Transition and Beyond is a holistic look at transition; it fills in so many gaps left by the previous literature. His empathy and admiration for partners of trans folk come through loud and clear, and his respect for us is what informs his insight and advice. Reid's book is one of the few I know that sees the trans person in context, in the light of long-held religious beliefs, relationships, and families. His commentary on substance abuse and post-transition community are especially welcome. Transition and Beyond isn't just vital reading for therapists but for trans people and their families. --Helen Boyd, author of She's Not the Man I Married

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Reid Vanderburgh, MA, LMFT is a therapist with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. Reid s specialization is helping people cope with major life transformative events: Loss and grief, shifting sexual orientation, and emergence of gender identity issues are the focus of his practice. About 90% of his clients are transgendered in one way or another. In addition to his work as a therapist, Reid volunteers with Outside In s Tran/Identity Resource Center, a local agency, writing referral letters to help trans people change the gender designation on their state ID/driver licenses. In addition to numerous educational presentations and conference workshops, he also teaches Continuing Education classes on trans issues for mental health care professionals. Reid received his MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University s Graduate School for Holistic Studies in 2001. He received his license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2006. He has published many brief articles about various aspects of transition to his website, www.transtherapist.com A number of these articles have been reprinted in various books and anthologies, including: Trans Forming Families, From the Inside Out and Inspiration for LGBT Students and Their Allies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Q Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893075389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893075382
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,053,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara Pleger on July 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am myself currently in therapy for TS in order to transition M2F. Up to now, I never though I could find an informed book about this specific subject. That's done now. I will hand it over to my therapist. This will give him a deeper insight of what's happening. Dare I say: this book should be given the status of MUST READ for all psys and alike. Thank you very much Reid for sharing this with us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Lemberg on April 6, 2007
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I think it is the best book I've read about transsexual issues, perhaps because of his dual perspectives (transsexual and therapist). The book is loaded with personal stories of transsexual people, family, friends, employers,etc. The author also includes comments about his own transition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BooksMusicArt on July 10, 2007
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This is the best resource I have found for working with transgender clients! Reid covers the fluidity of gender identity, the polar effects of male/female socialization in U.S. culture, transgender hormones and surgeries. However, he goes beyond these basics to delve into what might come up after surgery. He shares his insight in working with conservative religious points of view, partners and families, and transgender children. There are also some thoughtful parallels with transition and addiction recovery. This book will be helpful for therapists, people considering transition and their families. - Fran Overall, MA, LADAC
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Tree on October 1, 2007
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Since my 'father' came out as trans a year ago, this is the third book I have read and would highly recommend it. Although I really admire Helen Boyd's courageous explorations in her two books (the first two I read), for me they were a bit too personal, confronting and emotional as a first read (that's telling you more about my state of mind at the time than her otherwise excellent books). Reid's compassion, thoughtfulness, intelligence and very balanced/grounded clarity were a 'safer' and a reassuring introduction to this provoking subject. Not to mention that it was a relief to find chapters dedicated to partners/ children of trans people. I SO appreciate the insight and information gained and it has helped me to 'normalise' something that was utterly shocking to me 12 months ago. There's also a really helpful booklist (also on his site if you don't want to buy the book.)
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