Gatekeeper

posted January 17th, 2016, 2:01 am


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March 30th, 2015, 6:40 pm

GreenKrog

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Dr Bernt is not trying to gatekeep. But the Harry Benjamin standards of care do require people to have psychiatric attendance to rule out conditions that cause personality issues before allowing a physical doctor to do massive abdominal surgery on you. Pro tip: doctors don't enjoy being sued because people have been improperly diagnosed.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/15/1094927634658.html?from=storylhs
(The story of Alan Finch).

You might hate Dr Bernt, but she is doing what she should be doing - treating Annie as a WHOLE person and not just a transexual.
Also, Dr Warneke is indeed the psych I had to see when I was getting approval for SRS. Feel free to look them up, it is public info, and is a necessary resource for all transgender people living in Alberta, Canada.

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January 17th, 2016, 6:11 am

Dew (Guest)

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So glad my state allows just about anything you want without much hassle, for ftms at least. Dont need a letter for hrt, dont need hrt or a letter for top. Havent looked into bottom.

Also, your doctor's name is close to a psycho doc from Outlast. Dr. Wernicke. Screw that guy and his walrider nanotechnology BS.

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January 17th, 2016, 9:24 am

J (Guest)

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Its a good thing Annie doesn't have avoidant personality disorder or Dr. Bernt would never see her again. D: I'd move cities.

i cant wait for my therapist to ask that question omg >.>

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January 17th, 2016, 1:45 pm

Stephanie (Guest)

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I totally 'get' that they need to be certain, but sometimes they use that as an excuse to deprive you of something that you truly need to survive because it doesn't agree with their beliefs or whatnot.

My first therapist was a total gatekeeper and also a guy who just didn't seem to understand transgender people.

He twisted everything I said to avoid acknowledging that I was trans and stood in the way of me starting HRT. Before I figured out on my own that I was trans, I would have probably just stuck with the first, but I felt so strongly that he was wrong that I had to switch to keep myself from continuing down the dark path that was beginning to feel inevitable.

I've been seeing my current therapist for about 4.5 years and started HRT within six months of seeing her. (yay!) I was also lucky to have a facility like Whitman-Walker so close by. One of their primary goals is to serve the LGBT community and they've always been completely supportive and helpful.

Finding the right therapist is important. I believe it's just as important as doing HRT under the guidance of a doctor. Even if it's just informed consent, it may save your life.

Yes, you can order drugs from the Internet, but you don't have any guarantees that it's the right dose for your body or even if it's the real thing.

Sadly, so few of us are able to find proper care and that's something that needs to change.

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January 17th, 2016, 1:46 pm

CuteDress&TwinPonytails

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" But the Harry Benjamin standards of care do require . . . . "

* The Harry Benjamin Standards of Care have morphed into and been absorbed into the WPATH Standards of Care.
( WPATH=World Professional Association for Transgender Health )

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