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
About the Author
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.