Body-based Interventions and Dysphoria
Although not all gender diverse diverse folx experience dysphoria, many do, and this needs to be taken into consideration in the work that we do.
Most trauma therapies directly address the ways in which the body holds onto and stores traumatic experience and many of the skills that are taught to help ground and sooth focus on the body as well.
As a provider, it is important to be aware of the possibility that these interventions will need to be adapted or avoided based on the amount or focus of dysphoria a person has. This is not to say these skills and interventions can’t be used, they just might need modification, with frequent checking in with your clients to see how they are experiencing these skills.
As a client seeking therapy it is important to let your therapist know if the intervention or skill they are suggesting makes your dysphoria worse, or is in some way not a good fit.