Mental health and medical providers have to learn about and talk about detransition. We have to figure out what the medical needs and mental health needs are for folks who transition back. Many people simply leave health care, leave their hormone provider and detransition on their own. We don’t want people to transition on their own so we sure don’t want them to detransition on their own. Often people don’t see a therapist about this or at least not their gender therapist. If they had one. Sometimes this is because a therapist has become a cheerleader for transition rather than an objective support for the individual.
I believe that we have to provide support for detransitioners the same way that we provide support for transitioners. Whether people regard their choice to transition as a mistake or a path they had to walk to know who they are (aren’t) or it was just too hard and there were too many losses that came with physically transitioning that it did not offset the dysphoria.
I think people who detransition can create discomfort for a gender therapist. We work in a field that is so unusual and most of us learned what we know through experience. People who detransition can shake up our beliefs. Detransitioning comes with politics in the same way that working in gender comes with politics.
We have to figure out how to create welcoming environments for detransitioners and that will start with us.