I remember one of my first clients like I saw them yesterday. They were 18 years old and seemed extremely well rounded. The first thing this client said to me during our initial session was, “my parents don’t talk to me anymore because I’m broken. My friend’s mom is paying for me to come to counseling.”
Of course my first thought and questions were what the client believed was wrong with them. They told me that their parents were upset because they wouldn’t act like their son, or how they thought their son should act.
My client liked to swim, go to the gym, draw, design clothes, paint their fingernails in beautiful designs, read, and do many other things. Their parents were ok with the sport and the fitness but nothing else.
They didn’t Identify as a boy or as a girl, in their words, “I don’t know, I just want to be me, I don’t know what to do.” They reported feelings of stress, isolation, and depression.
So, I decided right then and there. I was going to allow all my clients to explore their identity and expression when they were with me in session.
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