Bad habits are so hard to break. I was a smoker for about 30 years and couldn't seem to break the habit no matter what I tried. Every now and then, I was able to quite for a few weeks, but then, when I started smoking again, I smoked far more than I did before I quit. It wasn't until I accepted the fact that my smoking was a real problem and reached out for professional help with quitting. I started going to counseling and learned a lot about my bad habits and why it was so hard for me to give them up. This blog is all about counseling to break bad habits.
If you have a teenager who is telling you that he feels that he is a man trapped in a woman's body, it is important to get him to counseling right away. A counselor can help your child understand where the feelings are coming from and a positive way to channel them. The following guide walks you through a few more reasons why taking your child to a counselor when he is transgender is so important.
Be Able to Discuss Bullying in a Productive Way
Many children who are transgender are bullied at school. Your child may not tell you that he is being bullied because he does not want you to worry or because he does not want to seem weak. When your child is bullied, he may not know how to handle the situation properly and it could lead to him feeling so badly about himself that he ends up committing suicide to try to escape from the pain. Being able to talk to someone about the things he is feeling and having to deal with at school could help save your child's life. Knowing that your child is being bullied at school will allow you to do something about it before it gets out of hand. Let the school know if your child is being bullied so that changes can be made so your child can have a safe and happy learning environment.
Be Able to Express How He Is Feeling
This type of situation can be difficult to express in an informative way. The counselor may be able to help your child understand the feelings that he is feeling and help him how to properly express those feelings to others in an informative and helpful way. Your child will learn how to talk to you about what he is feeling, how long he has been feeling it, and what he wants to do in the future.
Be Able to Express What He Needs
Your child may want to seem as strong as he can to you and may not want to let you know that he is hurting inside. He will be able to talk to the counselor about the things that he needs and what he feels is lacking in his life. This can help to build a stronger relationship between you and your child so that you can get through the transformative process in a strong and loving way.
Living a life that your child does not feel he is meant to live will be very difficult for him. He will need your support, love, and caring to get through the transition period where he determines how he identifies himself and if there are any changes he wants to make in his life to make himself feel more comfortable. For more information and advice, contact a professional such as Kay M. Shilling MD PC.Share
21 March 2016