A couple months ago, my previous therapist told me he had cancer and would likely be leaving his job. Well, that’s happened, and I’ve been assigned a new therapist.
I was understandably nervous about meeting her. Not only because she’s new to me, but also because she’s female. I’ve never been very comfortable around female mental health professionals. Still, I decided to give her a try.
Her name is Anne (I think it’s spelled that way), and she’s, if I remember correctly, a psychologist. We discussed a variety of topics regarding my history, from my Naval service to my Trans* issues, but didn’t settle into any one topic for very long. She seemed pretty willing to allow me to verbally meander from subject to subject in whatever way felt comfortable for me. I feel like she listened, which made me even more comfortable with her. I’m actually looking forward to my next visit with her.
It’s going to take at least a couple more visits until we develop our rapport, but I think I can work with her. I was glad to learn she’s worked with Transgender individuals before. It gives me confidence in her abilities, and I needed that confidence. Before she told me of her experience, I was worried I’d feel too uncomfortable to discuss being Trans with her, but knowing she’s got the experience makes me feel more comfortable with her.