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Gender dysphoria

At HSR Psychology we provide a range of assessments and therapeutic interventions for children and young people experiencing gender dysphoria.

What is gender dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria is characterised by a long-lasting sense of mismatch between their experienced gender and assigned gender. Experienced gender, is the gender an individual feels themselves to be. Assigned gender is the gender given at birth based on an individual’s body parts. Gender dysphoria is the sense of mismatch between experienced and assigned gender causes distress for the child or young person experiencing it. 

Symptoms of gender dysphoria can present differently, depending on the age of the individual.

For example, children may show:

Adolescents and adults may display:

Gender dysphoria can begin from as young as infancy. Gender dysphoria can be early-onset or late-onset.

Interventions related to the needs of an individual with gender dysphoria can be carried out after the initial discussion. Please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

How are the needs related to gender dysphoria assessed?

There are many needs which can emerge due to gender dysphoria, such as anxiety, low mood and self-esteem difficulties, and various ways of assessing those needs. The following are all techniques which may be used to assess needs related to gender dysphoria.

Clinical interview

A clinical interview with the individual, and the adults around them, provides extensive information in relation to how individuals rate the impact of their gender dysphoria. A clinical interview will include a detailed developmental history. We will also look at any previous reports, which helps to understand whether there are other additional needs to be taken into account.

Psychometric measures of experiences and symptoms

Psychometric measures may include questionnaires aimed at understanding and measuring difficulties, mood, experiences and other areas.

The information collected during the assessment will provide a greater understanding of the individual’s needs and how best to support these needs.

What interventions do we provide for needs related to gender dysphoria?

We provide a range of psychological interventions for associated needs in those who experience gender dysphoria. Interventions will be chosen depending on the needs identified and the age of the child or young person. Interventions can also include parents or carers. Examples of some interventions may include:

Arrange an Initial Discussion

Arrange an Initial Discussion to find out how we can help. The initial discussion lasts 1-1.5 hours, comes with a written recommendation summary and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £180.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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We provide bespoke solutions to suit all budgets and requirements for children and young people aged 0-25 in homes, education settings and the community. Our clinical, educational and child psychology services are cost effective.

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To make a referral and arrange an initial discussion please complete our referral form.

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Contact us

Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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