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Sloane Court Clinic is home to a variety of gender dysphoria specialists, psychiatrists and psychologists who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

What is gender dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria refers to when people feel that their gender does not match with their biology. People who have gender dysphoria can have all the physical traits of a male or female, but have a strong wish that they are accepted as a member of the opposite sex, as they feel this is their true identity. Gender dysphoria can cause feelings of anxiety and dissatisfaction, and more severely, depression and severe distress. It can interfere with work, school or social activities.

What are the symptoms of gender dysphoria?

Symptoms in teenagers or adults can include a conviction that their body is not aligned with their true gender; unease or disgust with their own genitals; a desire to change their genitals; and dressing to appear like the gender that they feel they are.

How is gender dysphoria treated?

There are a number of ways to treat gender dysphoria, but broadly gender dysphoria treatment is not intended to alter the way an individual feels about their gender. It aims to help address the distress which can accompany the feelings associated with gender dysphoria. Talking to a psychiatrist or psychologist - also known as 'talk therapy' - can be part of gender dysphoria treatment.

Other forms of treatment can include hormone therapy, utilising testosterone or estrogen, to develop traits of the sex which a person with gender dysphoria identifies with; puberty blockers, so suppress physical changes; and surgery, for complete sex reassignment.

What is the difference between gender dysphoria and gender identity disorder?

While gender dysphoria specifically applies to feelings of unease, distress and disgust that one's gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned with at birth, gender identity disorder is a reference to the sense of self a person has as male or female.

Gender dysphoria in children

In children, gender dysphoria symptoms can include the child saying that they are really a girl or boy when they have physical traits of the opposite sex; them socialising more with friends of the sex that they identify with; urinating in a different way from normal; wanting different toys or clothes from those typically associated with boys or girls; anxiety about body changes during puberty; and saying that they will grow up to be a man if they are a girl, or a woman if they are a boy.

Sloane Court Clinic offers a range of gender dysphoria treatment including private psychiatry services. Call us today on +44 (0)20 7730 5945.

Gender Dysphoria Specialists in London

Dr Roger Howells is a consultant psychiatrist with 25 years of experience as a consultant psychiatrist.

Dr Robert Harland is a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Ilaria Bonoldi is a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS, and an honorary Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) London.

Dr H Eli Joubert is a chartered clinical psychologist with several years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric and psychological disorders.

Dr Correia is an experienced consultant clinical psychologist with over 15 years’ post-qualification experience.

Ms Leisha Davies is a chartered clinical psychologist with several years of experience in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric and psychological problems.

Contact and Appointments for Gender Dysphoria Assessment and Treatment

Referrals may be made by general practitioners, consultant psychiatrists, by letter, email, our Contact Form, or by calling us on 020 7730 5945, requesting the “gender dysphoria clinic”.

Patients are requested to seek referral through their GP, or consultant.