Mental Health

These 20 Psychologists Weigh In on Gender Identity

"Whatever fears or concerns you might have as a parent about your kid ... if you want them to make it into adulthood, they need your help."

Dr. Karen Smith is a psychotherapist and the director of a psychotherapy practice called Full Living. She has expressed the need for open, honest communication between parents and their children regarding sex. Especially during adolescence, children are feeling increasingly confused about their bodies and begin to explore their own sexuality. They need guidance to help them not feel so lost, which is why it’s important for parents to maintain an open-minded attitude towards sex; if the child feels comfortable, they will be more likely to confide in their parents about these serious issues. Fear about their sexual orientation or gender identity should not color one’s beliefs. Growing up is a sensitive and difficult time for everyone, but a parent can make it a little smoother by showing unconditional love and support for their child.

"Whatever fears or concerns you might have as a parent about your kid being gay, lesbian, trans or differently gendered, if you want them to make it into adulthood, they need your help." Karen L. Smith MSS, LCSW