"CX GIC First Assessment"
About: West London Mental Health NHS Trust / Gender Identity Clinic West London Mental Health NHS Trust Gender Identity Clinic Southall W6 8QZ
Posted by tinkerbell1066 (as ),
After waiting 10 months after my referral, and 14 months after first contacting my GP, I had the first part of my assessment at the GIC. The psychologist although friendly, spent the precious one hour allocated to asking me generic questions that could have been asked on a paper or online form. Each time I attempted to explain the detail of my own personal situation he looked at the clock and told me there was no time to talk about things. I really wanted to try a low dose HRT trial for a short period as a personal diagnostic aid in my decision to transition my gender. The psychologist simply said I needed to be living full-time in the other gender with legal name changes in place before they would consider any treatment for me, It felt that I had to prove I was worth their treatment by first destroying a life of almost 40 years, they claimed this would be 'easier'. I was never offered any of the therapy or counselling support the clinic claims to offer. I left feeling suicidal, and it was only with the support of family and the use of private medical services that I'm still alive today.
At one point I was asked how many times I had attempted suicide, it felt that a large number would have deemed me more worthy of treatment. If and when the time comes, there will only ever be one attempt.