#28 Exploring Trans Mental Health: A Conversation with Dr. Lin Fraser

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Episode Description

In this episode of Queer RelationTips, Host Isaac Archuleta sits down with Dr. Lin Fraser, a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist and former president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

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Episode Timestamps


01:33 – Lin & Isaac talk about being a woman in leadership in a male dominated field (healthcare, medicine, psychology)

04:57 – Lin talks about when she  started working with trans people and the amount of transphobia in the community

05:32 – Lin speaks with Isaac about her dissertation on gender dysphoria and how much has changed in how we talk about gender identity and the person that i saw my very first

08:41 – Isaac & Lin discuss her first trans female client and how the client advocated for herself and taught Lin so much along the way. 

12:33 – Lin discusses her involvement with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

and then from there i got involved well

17:06 – Lin shares about the history of WPATH, transgender healthcare and standards of care.

18:44 – Isaac shares about his experience teaching at a conservative Christian institution and how the conversation of gender and gender identity with a particular student impacted that student’s understanding of trans clients. 

20:09 – Isaac and Lin discuss the gender binary, transitioning, HRT and that every option should be left on the table for clients in their journeys. 

24:06 – Lin and Isaac discuss the first time they worked with a trans clinician

26:22 – Isaac asks Lin about her work working with the LGBTQIA+ community during the AIDS pandemic. Lin shares about the fear and misconceptions  many medical professionals held and how that specifically impacted the transgender community. 

30:22 – Lin and Isaac share about how if we can help individuals accept their own truth and live in it then we can create a ripple effect of healthy relationships for generations to come. 

32:17 – The two discuss how rewarding clinical work and therapy is, and how they hope to continue working for years to come. 

33:23 – Isaac asks Lin about how cisgender parents can best support their transgender children. 

40:19 – Lin shares a reminder to fellow clinicians working with the LGBTQIA+ community to honor their stories and believe their truths. 

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