There is currently a lack of NHS counsellors with experience in supporting transgender clients and their families. The only transgender specific counselling service is provided as part of the Sandyford Gender Identity Clinic in Glasgow. However, any skilled counsellor who is prepared to do a little background reading and be non-judgemental can provide an excellent service to transgender people and their families. A good book for an interested counsellor to begin with as background reading material is Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families by Arlene Istar Lev.
Within the voluntary sector, the Scottish Transgender Alliance has sub-contracted its Transition Support Service to the LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing. It provides a range of transition support workshops, social drop-ins and one-to-one befriending opportunities for transgender people. For more information on the Transition Support Service please contact Rose Marshall on 0131 523 1100, or by mobile number 07552 346 736, or by email: email@example.com.
If you are a young person aged 13 to 25, you can contact LGBT Youth Scotland’s transgender support services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a text to 07786 202 370 to speak to a youth worker.
For a current up-to-date list of support services for trans people in Scotland, please see our support pages