I’m Dr. Shawn Giammattei with the Gender Health Training Institute. If you don’t know me, I’m a clinical family psychologist and a certified mentor/GEI faculty for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health who is dedicated to helping therapists provide gender affirmative care to transgender, nonbinary, gender-expansive (trans) clients and their families across the life span and build gender-affirming practices while navigating the quickly changing world of transgender health so that your clients and their families can build stronger connections, live with authenticity, and receive the care they need.
In my quest to help more mental health providers improve their skills and increase access to care for trans people and their families, I’ve been creating a series of workshops to help providers increase their confidence and competence doing this work.
One often overlooked area of competence, that even seasoned professionals have bypassed, is the person-of-the-therapist work of unpacking and contextualizing our own gender journey and narratives. In my opinion, this is necessary work to genuinely work affirmatively with your gender expansive clients and their families. It is the work that helps you discover your privilege and potential biases that impact your work.
With over 20 years experience teaching graduate level courses, leading workshops for parents and clinicians on exploring their gender, conducting research, and engaging in scholarship on trans health, as well as someone who is also a member of the trans community I am uniquely qualified to take you on a deeper dive into the topic of unpacking, contextualizing, and discovering your own gender journey, so you can better understand the biases, both positive and negative, that may influence your work with the trans community.