Mental Health and the Transgender Community at Roots Recovery

Mental Health and the Transgender Community at Roots Recovery

Seeking mental health and recovery treatments can be a taxing process, especially for those of the LGBTQ+ community. The transgender community specifically may face unique stresses and hardships while transitioning, finding their identity, and coping with societal barriers. 

Seeking recovery services may be beneficial for the transgender community. Additionally, having a supportive group behind them as they embark on their journeys both physically and mentally works wonders for this population.

At Roots Recovery, the transgender community can find a place where they are seen, heard, and cared for while coping with mental health or addiction recovery. The staff at Roots Recovery is not only well-trained but is also diverse both in gender and sexuality. 

Importance of Gender-Affirming Care

Gender-affirming care is important for the transgender community. Such consideration can benefit the mental health and overall well-being of gender-diverse children, adolescents, and adults. This form of care is client-centered, allowing clients to align their physical and inner identities. 

Society presents a divided environment regarding the LGBTQ+ community. Therefore it is important to create a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for transgender clients. This way, they can feel safe and seen as they transition, become themselves, and cope with their struggles. 

It is important for the transgender community to reach out and seek services while coping with their unique stresses. With gender-affirming care, trained staff members can offer support and guidance through one’s journey as part of the transgender community. Specific care is necessary for this community. As such, it is important to take advantage of these services to foster a positive and fulfilling life. 

Gender-Affirming Mental Health Services at Roots Recovery

Some of the services offered at Roots Recovery for transgender-specific care involve both individual and group therapies and care. With gender-affirming mental health services, clients may work one-on-one with trained and knowledgeable staff members who can understand the complexities of trauma, substance abuse, mental health, race, culture, disability, sexuality, and gender identity. These sessions can benefit clients of the transgender community as staff members help them work through traumas or issues related to identity. 

These services also include individual therapy sessions to create reasonable and beneficial goals to achieve. Setting goals in therapy and working with a therapist can help individuals create a more fulfilling lifestyle while dealing with stresses that may arise in the transgender community. Throughout the processes, is important to remember that therapy and recovery are life-long journeys. 

Alongside individual sessions, Roots Recovery offers group therapy sessions. Group therapy is significant to success as this provides a healthy and communal space for healing and discussion. Mental health, substance abuse, grief and loss, mindfulness, and trauma are some of the topics covered in group sessions at Roots Recovery.

The Whole-Person Approach

At Roots Recovery, our staff members and professionals use a whole-person approach to therapy and recovery. This puts each client’s care, on all levels, first. Often in one’s journey, connections between the mind, body, and soul are broken. Repairing these connections internally through various interventions can aid in fostering a satisfying lifestyle.

At Roots Recovery, this is done by staff members who help clients understand themselves on a deeper level. Rather than addressing simply a client’s symptoms, the staff helps clients heal the whole person by addressing the underlying issues that drive symptoms. It is especially important for those of the transgender community to create a healthy connection between the mind, body, and soul during and after transitioning. 

Roots Recovery puts this whole-person approach into practice through various therapeutic interventions. Some of these include spiritual exploration, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, meditation, experiential groups such as creative therapy, and movement-based therapies.

These services allow clients to develop deeper connections with themselves and foster a positive outlook on themselves as they go through treatment. It is especially significant for the transgender community to create cohesion between the inner soul and the physical body. This is because those areas are where the disconnect and dissatisfaction often stem from among this population. 

Gender-Affirming Physical Therapy Care

Alongside gender-affirming mental health services, Roots Recovery offers gender-affirming physical therapy care. This care includes pre-op consultations, prehab, post-op consultations, and rehab for top/bottom gender-affirmation surgeries.

Roots also offers shoulder, chest, and breathing evaluations for safe binding practices, pelvic floor evaluation and treatment for healthy and pain-free urinary, bowel, and sexual function, and gender-affirming prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum physical therapy care.

Medical Services

Roots Recovery offers hormone therapy for transgender clients. This can benefit their overall well-being, especially throughout different therapy processes. 

Overall, gender-affirming physical therapy care is important for the transgender community. This helps in addition to coping with mental health issues that may arise. There can often be barriers to therapy services that could surface different mental health concerns. Some of these barriers may be financial or insurance concerns, lack of availability, and overall worry or fear. At Roots Recovery, though, these services are offered to the transgender community with a handful of insurance companies accepted. 

At Roots Recovery, the transgender community is cared for through gender-affirming mental health services as well as gender-affirming physical therapy care services. With a diverse and trained staff, the transgender community is seen and heard. It is often difficult for those in the community to reach out and seek support; however, they have a place at Roots Recovery. These services are aimed at healing the whole person on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. Creating cohesion between the soul and physical body is especially important for the transgender community, and our trained staff members aim to support this. To learn more about our services, please call us at (562) 473-0827

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