A family therapist recently spoke out against the trend among mental health professionals who “affirm” a child’s “gender identity” instead of investigating the root issues that cause youth to question their biological sex.

(Article by Jean Mondore republished from

Stephanie Winn is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Oregon who used to work with “transgender” identifying children. Although she has stopped treating these clients after receiving threats from anonymous dissenters, Winn has continued to reject the method of “affirming” gender dysphoria, which many therapists use regularly.

“We’re just told that if someone tells you they identify in this way, that’s the end of the story,” Winn told Fox News. “Don’t ask any questions, just affirm, just agree, and then usher them along this path of medicalization.”

“Many of my colleagues have abandoned our duty of care, either due to ignorance or cowardice,” she added.

Winn described the role of therapists in contemporary society as “green-lighting or rubber-stamping people along into these medical procedures when that’s never been our role in the treatment of any other issue.”

“We’re going to see a transition regret crisis,” Winn said about the alarming increase in the number of children identifying as something other than their biological sex. “Unfortunately, we are going to have to worry about some of the most frightening mental health outcomes as part of that.”

The other dangerous expectation of modern therapy is to “drive a wedge between families,” she explained. “We’re expected to tell parents that they must let their children lead, even though children need structure, rules, discipline and boundaries.”

In addition to practicing as a marriage and family therapist, Winn also writes a blog in which she has several posts related to helping people who have turned away from the transgender lifestyle. Her most recent article is “a guide for detransitioners, lost-in-transitioners, and other survivors of gender malpractice” to learn how to file a complaint against “gender affirming care.”

“Resources for people who’ve been harmed by gender medicine are presently insufficient to address the scope and severity of their needs,” she wrote in a Twitter post announcing her new book. “I’d like to change that.”

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  1. Governments trying to get away with over-riding parental guardianship and protection rights of one's children in order to impose state guardianship of people's children has to be totally opposed and stopped and especially when it appears to be doing more harm than good which appears to be the case and it is the children who are suffering. Governments should run the country and leave our kids alone. What to do in these cases is to contact your MP pester him none stop until he gets off his backside and goes in there to make sure that laws are not allowed to go ahead unchallenged that quash your human rights and your parental rights. Common sense has to prevail and none of this is for the government to decide upon. You should be 21 before making any decisions about gender changes it is a big step to take and you need at least a modicum of maturity to be able to make your own mind up on that it is a hugely life altering decision. Children need time to grow up and work through their growing pains and become a man or a woman as is natural before than can even know what they want, and we need to guide them and protect them until they are old enough to make such decision. This was never even thought about when I was at school because no one was putting seeds into our heads that you have a choice about gender this causing this dilemma for kids and parents alike. Frankly no one should be taking any kind of action that is a risk to your child without first notifying the parents and getting their permission. I think that secretly manipulating children into going behind a parent's back is both repugnant and despicable and completely out of order.


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