> going to therapist for the first time because I want hormones
> we talk for a bit, he seems ok
> seems to agree with everything I say
> start talking about something unrelated
> a town I used to live in, apparently he lived there too
> drop a few loc areas and he instantly recognizes them all
> get a little suspicious so I fake a name, pretend it's a real place
> shit you not, same exact reaction as everything else
> hes been a faker the whole time, trying to pull the wool over my eyes.
This is why Im DIYing.
No. Because there are people with crippling emotional issues and mental ilnesses related to gender.
Now many patients don't give a fuck about the therapy, only that they stiffarm the gatekeepers and dance into the endzone, and a lot of practitioners are horrible, or don't give a fuck. But so many trans people are mentally severely fucked up in one way or another, that seing a therapist of some kind is a pretty good idea.
for getting hormones i feel the need to go to a therapist is kinda stupid. Since (in the US atleast) informed consent for hrt is really all that is needed.
therapists can be useful for some people in regards to discussing how their dysphoria affects them, and advice and such on how to adress certain things in regard to your transition.
i saw a therapist for about 1.5 years from when i started transitioning. I started hrt through an informed consent clinic, so there really wasnt any need to see one for hormones.. but they were a big help for me while i was dealing with the shit involved with transitioning.