Transition & Beyond: Observations on Gender Identity
This book, now in its second printing, has already been widely accepted among trans people and their families. Written in an easy-to-read style, it addresses many issues faced by trans individuals, their spouses/mates, and family members. The book also provides a point of reference for therapists with transitioning clients.
The therapist’s role in facilitating transition
Telling family members
Addiction and transition
How young is too young?
What “support” looks like
What does “post-transition” mean?
“An ideal essential resource for therapists new to working with transgendered and transsexual clients, and a breath of fresh air for those already so engaged. A great source of insight to the therapeutic process for trans people and their partners, families, and friends. The chapters on addiction and recovery, fundamentalist religions and reparative therapy, and partners’ issues are particularly enlightening, helpful, and soundly reasoned. Most highly recommended.”
~ Jamison Green, author of Becoming a Visible Man (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004
“Paradox has been hailed and feared as both a mark of genius and a symptom of madness. Before this book there has been no therapeutic approach that has taken into account my family, people who live the sex and gender paradox of not-man, not-woman. Finally, a loving and caring program of therapy for the increasing number of neither/nor people in the world. Hurrah!”
~ Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws
“Reid Vanderburgh’s Transition and Beyond is a holistic look at transition; it fills in so many gaps left by the previous literature. His empathy and admiration for partners of trans folk come through loud and clear, and his respect for us is what informs his insight and advice. Reid’s book is one of the few I know that sees the trans person in context, in the light of long-held religious beliefs, relationships, and families. His commentary on substance abuse and post-transition community are especially welcome. Transition and Beyond isn’t just vital reading for therapists but for trans people and their families.”
~ Helen Boyd, author of She’s Not the Man I Married
“Informed by his own personal journey, Reid Vanderburgh has written an informative and comprehensive book, outlining issues not previously addressed in the literature, most notably post-transition concerns. Family issues, including the complex identity struggles of young gender-variant people, are addressed, as are intimate couple relationships, recovery from addictions, and employment challenges. Crossing over, from client to therapist, from a medical model to a psychospiritual one, Vanderburgh respectfully outlines the process of transition, not just for the transgender clients, but for the therapists who serve them.”
~ Arlene Istar Lev, author of Transgender Emergence (Haworth Press, 2004)
“Reid Vanderburgh is an experienced therapist whose personal and professional insights are clear and deep. Transition and Beyond is an enjoyable read and clinically useful text. I heartily recommend this book to my students and anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of transgender experience.”
~ Katherine (Kit) Rachlin, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Gender Specialist, New York City
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