Affirming Psychological Practice With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People of Color

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Abstract

In this article, the authors discuss the unique considerations that psychologists may keep in mind when working with transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) clients of color. These considerations are informed by the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients (American Psychological Association, 2015). The major components of TGNC-affirmative psychological practice with TGNC people of color are described, including (a) interrogating psychologist race/ethnicity and gender identity, (b) addressing the intersectionality of race/ethnicity and gender identity, (c) challenging assumptions about TGNC experiences and the experiences of people of color, (d) building rapport and acknowledging differences within the therapeutic dyad, (e) assessing client strengths and resilience in navigating multiple oppressions, and (f) providing a variety of resources that are affirming to TGNC people of color. A case vignette is provided that explores these components and brings them to life.

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