Welcome to GETA
Gender Exploratory Therapy Association
A psychological approach to psychological distress.
We are here because those who are exploring gender identity or struggling with their biological sex should have access to therapists who will provide thoughtful care without pushing an ideological or political agenda.
We believe that skilled, ethical exploratory therapy is appropriate for those with gender dysphoria, their families, and detransitioners.
The purest form of listening is to listen without memory or desire.
The Gender Exploratory Therapy Association (GETA) exists because we see a great need arising from the current narrow framing of Gender and Gender Identity in the field of mental health and in the culture more broadly.
GETA is an association of therapists who believe that individuals experiencing gender-related concerns ought to be treated using a whole person approach.
Clients & Families
If you or someone you care about is suffering from gender-related distress, we offer compassionate and evidence-based resources.
We offer resources and information for those who have reversed a social or medical gender transition, including referrals for therapists experienced in working with detransitioners.
Membership of GETA doesn’t just give you the opportunity to be listed as a gender exploratory therapist.
It also allows you to join our community of practitioners, where you can share resources, exchange ideas and build relationships.
What Happened at the Tavistock? A Conversation with Dr. Anna Hutchinson
Friday, March 31, 11:00 – 12:30 pm est
The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), based at the Tavistock and Portman Trust in North London, was set up initially to provide — for the most part — talking therapies to young people who were questioning their gender identity. But in the last decade GIDS has referred more than a thousand children, some as young as nine years old, for medication to block their puberty. In the same period, the number of young people seeking GIDS’s help exploded, increasing twenty-five-fold. The profile of the patients changed too: from largely pre-pubescent boys to mostly adolescent girls, who were often contending with other difficulties.
Why had the patients changed so dramatically? Were all these distressed young people best served by taking puberty blockers and then cross-sex hormones, which cause irreversible changes to the body? While some young people appeared to thrive after taking the blocker, many seemed to become worse. Was there enough clinical evidence to justify such profound medical interventions in the lives of young people who had so much else to contend with?
Dr. Anna Hutchinson started work at GIDS in 2013. In her years at the service, she had a front row seat to the unfolding situation that resulted in the planned closure of the center this year. Dr. Hutchinson figures prominently in Hannah Barnes’ recent book “Time to Think: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Tavistock’s Gender Services for Children.” She will join GETA’s Lisa Marchiano to discuss the implications of what happened at the Tavistock for good clinical practice.
A recording will be available to GETA members after the event. We cannot make to recording available to non-GETA members.
GETA provides a range of trainings for mental health clinicians working with young people who are questioning their identity.
Learn your theories as well as you can, but put them aside when you touch the miracle of the living soul. Not theories, but your own creative individuality alone must decide.
~C. G. Jung
GETA Submits a Comment on Title IX Rule Making
Earlier this year, the US Department of Education sought to clarify the 1972 statute known as Title IX that stipulates that educational institutions receiving Federal funding need to eliminate discrimination of the basis of sex. The proposed rules broaden the scope of...
The Teenage Brain
By Sallie Baxendale. Neuroscience: Decision Making and The Teenage Brain Although the legal system assigns the arbitrary age of 18 years to the onset of adulthood, sophisticated neuroimaging studies demonstrate that the human brain doesn’t actually stop developing...
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Our goal is to help prospective clients connect with therapists who agree with the tenets of the GETA membership statement.
You can find out more about individual practices by clicking on the profile.
Latest podcast from GENDER: A WIDER LENS
Gender dysphoria has become a minefield for public discussion, with many afraid to express their views or question the narrative. Our mission is to examine this important and complex topic from a range of perspectives, but always through a psychological lens. By openly considering and examining gender identity, transition, and the transgender umbrella, we hope to give all interested parties permission to engage these fascinating topics with less fear and more honesty. Interviews and discussions will involve clinicians, medical professionals, academics, transgender people, parents, detransitioners and other interesting individuals whose lives have been touched by the concept of gender.
Conversations between two practicing therapists give listeners an opportunity to contemplate gender from a depth perspective not currently taken up in most of today’s accessible debates. As a result of their work with gender dysphoric therapy clients as well as their personal divergent experiences with gender, Stella and Sasha hold a refreshing and informed perspective.
Is gender identity a facilitation of development and expression of creativity, or can it be a defense against painful existential realities of living in a human body? What can we discover about masculinity, femininity, identity, gender performance, and sexuality when we peer beneath the surface and dive into a deeper psychological exploration? What is the relationship between body, mind, identity, culture, and psyche?
This podcast engages listeners in an intimate and fascinating behind-the-scenes inquiry about a topic as taboo as it is salient today.
* We are sponsored by ReIME and Genspect.
Rethink Identity Medicine Ethics (ReIME) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving long term care for gender variant individuals. To learn more, visit https://rethinkime.org/
Genspect is an international alliance of parent and professional groups whose aim is to advocate for parents of gender-questioning children and young people. Parents are concerned that their kids are not receiving appropriate treatment and support; many do not feel free to speak out about their concerns.
To learn more, visit https://genspect.org/
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