In this segment of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, I’m joined by Peter, a twenty-four-year-old transman who recently underwent top surgery–the removal of breast tissue to to confirm gender. I’ve known Peter for many years and have watched him on his journey from insecure and dysphoric teen to confident and hopeful young adult. As this segment conveys, there is only so much therapy can do to take a young person forward toward gender affirmation. It’s vital and I’m glad I and several of my staff are available to help the process along, but for those looking to transition, it will not be enough.
I also debut the Conflict Model of transgender transition in this segment. We’ll have more on this in our book Consent-Based Sex Education: Parenting for Sexual Attraction and Gender Identity. It’s slowly plodding along! For now, I hope you find this segment valuable in understanding this emerging area of teen and young adult experience.
Wes Crenshaw, PhD is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist, author, and media commentator. Early in his career, Dr. Wes trained with some of the masters in the field and is skilled and experienced in working with families, teens, and couples. He coauthored the Double Take column in the Lawrence Journal-World weekly from 2004 to 2016. He is a frequent guest in Kansas City area media and writes for Your Teen, Attention, and ADDitude Magazines. Dr. Wes is certified as a sex therapist (AASECT) and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology (ABPP). He works both on specific issues of sexuality as well as offering sexuality-informed therapy for individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns. He wrote the book, I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD and is currently completing ADD and Zombies: Fearless Medication Management for ADD and ADHD.