March 3, 2020

What would you ask your therapist?

What would you ask your therapist?

This week I talk to Dr. Smid about what we should ask our therapist, things to look for in a therapist and so much more. Dr. Smid has two PhD's and specializes in treating transgender patients. Make sure you check out this episode.

Introduction

Finding the right therapist can be challenging but is imperative to your mental health, especially for those in the LGBTQ+ community. Therapists that work within the LGBTQ+ community can help affirm and empower individuals while equipping them with the proper tools for future challenges.

 

Meet Dr. Eva Smidova (they/their)

 

A marriage and family therapist that holds an international transgender care certification and specifies in transgender and gender nonconforming care. Dr. Smid identifies as nonconforming/gender fluid and has been around the LGBTQ+ community since their childhood in Slovakia. Having clients both in the States as well as abroad, they have always felt connected and dedicated to helping the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Smid recently completed their dissertation on transgender parents and the differentiation of transgender adults and turmoil of family systems.

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode we talk about:

-        Basic and systemic thinking in therapy 

-        Evolution and development of openness and acceptance 

-        Similarities and differences of the LGBTQ+ community in the states and abroad 

-        WPATH taking gender dysphoria out of the DSM

-        Questions to ask your therapist 

 

Quotables

“We are unstoppable. You cannot stop evolution and development.” – Dr. Smid

 

“It’s where I am. It’s who I am.” – Dr. Smid

 

“Gender is such a social construct that in all reality that’s the only reason why gender is two different things in society, when really gender is very fluid.” – Kayden Taylor

 

“It’s not about age, it’s not about gender, it’s about being open minded.” – Dr. Smid

 

“[Do] not let anything else define yourself, but let you define you and respect.” – Dr. Smid

“Be who you are, and do not be afraid of being who you are. It’s the most pleasurable thing ever.” – Dr. Smid

 

Resources

Dr. Eva Smidova

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/eva-smidova-naples-fl/211352

 

SW Florida Psychotherapy

http://www.psychotherapyswflorida.com/about