Gender Identity, ” I Look Different than I Feel” with Dr. Carla Marie Manly
Dr.Carla Marie Manly is a clinical psychologist integrating psychotherapy with mindfulness practices. Dr. Manly specializes in anxiety, physical intimacy, relationship issues, depression, and gender identity. She is the author of Joy from Fear and Aging Joyfully. Dr. Carla Marie Manly believes in this quote , “hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”.
What is the true meaning of gender identity? Did you know that gender identity could arise early at birth? It could be a combination of DNA or a specific incident at early childhood. Did you know that the comfort level may not always be surgery? What are the other options for this very sensitive and soul searching topic? Why is the support system so crucial for the individual? How are transgenders sometimes treated in medical offices? Dr. Manly discusses with host Carol how important it is for the person to feel that they are in a safe and non judgmental space when they are in her office. She allows the person to explore their gender identity and gives the patient other options other than surgery. What traits are needed for the total commitment to become transgender? Dr. Carla Marie Manly approaches this topic in a very sensitive and human way, recognizing the total human being.