“The takeaway is that only you know who you were born to be, and you need to be free to be that person.”
— Ruby Rose
Gender matters, because resources in our society are often allocated differently according to gender, and this can cause real hardships which contribute to emotional upheaval.
Additionally, learning to feel at home in self, that is mind, body and spirit, can be complicated when we do not feel at home in our families or our communities. Isolation, loneliness, inability to feel accepted by self or others, and especially not feeling safe in the world at large create a sense of otherness which can be an exhausting burden.
How is counselling beneficial?
When individuals find themselves
- challenged by the obligations of their roles,
- challenged by the social expectations assigned to their sex,
- questioning their own identities, or
- seeking ways to navigate the social challenges of difference
counselling can be one way of exploring, questioning, and redefining in a safe and accepting environment. Counselling sessions can be a place to explore, discover, come to terms with and have support for the challenges that may come.
“You do not identify in a gender. You are just you…you are your own special creation. That is how I take it. I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between – somewhat on the spectrum.”
— Sam Smith